Most people, especially my mom, are pretty reluctant when they hear words like “vegan” or “oil free” or “plant-based” but NO ONE in their right mind is reluctant when they hear the word “minestrone.” Trust me, if this soup can pass the mom test, it can pass anyone and everyone’s test!
My farro minestrone soup is naturally vegan, oil free, and plant based!
This soup is so traditional that everyone, even your reluctant family and friends, will LOVE it! The hearty veggies and beans make this soup super satisfying, but the most important ingredient is the fresh basil. I add nearly an entire basil plant to the pot at the very end and not only does it make your kitchen smell AMAZING, but it tastes lovely.
Did you know…
If you were to eat just two tablespoons of basil each day, you would be getting 22 micrograms of Vitamin K. Depending on your stage of life, gender, age, etc., we all need a different amount of vitamin K each day. But if you’re like me, and you’re a female above the age of 19, you need about 90 micrograms (120 micrograms/day if you’re a male) of vitamin K each day. So by making this soup and using a ton of fresh basil, you’ll be getting a TON of fresh flavor and some good, old-fashioned vitamin K.
- (1) 15 oz can chickpeas, or 1.75 cups cooked chickpeas
- (1) 15 oz can white beans, or 1.75 cups cooked white beans
- (1) 15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 32 oz vegetable broth
- 31 oz water
- ½ cup frozen corn
- 1 medium onion, diced (226 g)
- 2 carrots, sliced (113 g)
- 1 package baby zucchini from Trader Joe's (250 g)*
- green beans, cut in 1" pieces (150 g)
- 1 bell pepper, chopped (113 g)
- farro (100 g)
- fresh basil, chopped (15 g)
- 1 tbsp italian spices
- 1 tbsp oregano
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- Add garlic, onions, carrots, and peppers into soup pot and cook in a splash of vegetable until soft.
- Add the rest of the vegetable broth and ingredients, EXCEPT BEANS, and cook until farro is almost cooked (about 25 minutes)
- Add beans, and cook until farro is cooked (about 10 minutes)
- Stir in basil and let sit until basil is wilted.