Autumnal Minestrone

Autumnal Minestrone Healthy, Vegan and Gluten Free RecipeThe days are getting shorter, the nights chillier and the food yummier! Nothing beats a nice hot bowl of hearty soup on a fall evening. This twist on an Italian favorite incorporates the flavors of autumn and packs a nutritious punch to boot! Enjoy the fall time soup that eats like a meal!

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 bulb fennel, cut into 1-by-1/4-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 can (35 ounces) whole tomatoes, lightly crushed
  • 8 cups vegan chicken broth (made with vegan chicken bullion) or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 zucchini, quartered and sliced
  • 1 1/2 bunches Swiss chard leaves, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 2 cups cooked elbow or fussili pasta
  • Vegan Parmesan, nutritional yeast or finely ground pumpkin seeds for garnish

Heat oil in an 8-quart stock pot over medium high heat. Add onion, celery, fennel, potatoes, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Add tomatoes and their juices, stock, and cannellini beans; season with 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, add in the zucchini and cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.

Stir in vinegar and Swiss chard; season with salt and pepper. Divide pasta evenly between 6 to 8 bowls. Ladle over soup and garnish with cheese or ground seeds. Serve immediately with a hunk of crusty bread and enjoy!

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The Healthy Voyager, aka Carolyn Scott-Hamilton, is the creator and host of The Healthy Voyager web series, site, and overall brand. An award winning healthy, special diet and green living and travel expert, holistic nutritionist, plant based vegan chef, best-selling cookbook author, media spokesperson, sought after speaker, consultant and television personality, Carolyn Scott-Hamilton is a respected figure in the world of healthy lifestyle and travel as well as special diet cooking and nutrition. The Healthy Voyager aims to help people live well, one veggie at a time!

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