Big Sky Minestrone

Those in need of a hearty, nutritious meal to get them through a tough winter day need look no further than this Big Sky Minestrone. Filled with vegetables, beans, and rich seasonings, this soup is easy to make and can even be prepared in advance and refrigerated or frozen for future use.
Dish Type: main dish, soups & stews Lifestyle: dairy free, gluten free, nut free, paleo, vegan, vegetarian

Prep Time
3 hours

Cook Time
25 minutes

Ingredients

1 large onion, chopped                                  

6 cloves minced garlic

1 bay leaf                                                       

2 thinly sliced leeks

2 large carrots, chopped                               

3 stalks celery, chopped

3 med potatoes, cubed                                  

1 cup cabbage, chopped

1 large zucchini, cubed                                  

1 can stewed tomatoes, chopped up

Pinch thyme, marjoram, rosemary, dill        

1 tsp. oregano

Cayenne pepper and salt to taste                              

1/2 tsp. basil

Instructions

You will need to soak and pre-cook 1 cup dry of any combination of navy, kidneys, romanos or chickpea. Set aside.

Boil until tender, rinse and set aside 1 cup spiral pasta

Saute vegetables in oil and when vegetables soften add to cooked beans and add water to make a broth.

For extra tomato flavour add 3 tbsp. tomato paste.

Add cooked pasta, simmer 5 min. more and serve.