Apr 14, 2013

Mama Mia Minestrone

This is one tradition that I can live with! Minestrone soup is such a comforting food. And with just some minor ingredient tweaks (sorry Mama, I’m leaving out the olive oil), it fits perfectly with my Eat to Live program…

An Italian classic, minestrone is easy to make and it’s a hearty, filling soup that is perfect as a main dish. Life is like a minestrone… you never know what you’re gonna get! There’s really no set recipe for minestrone. It’s traditionally made with whatever vegetables are in season, beans and either rice or pasta, in a tomato base.

Apparently, minestrone is the best thing to eat for a long life. At least that’s what nine Italian siblings, ages 78, 80, 86, 89, 91, 97, 99 and 105 have to say! The Melis clan, of Sardinia, made the Guinness book of world records last year as the largest number of living siblings with an average age of more than 90 years. “We eat genuine food, meaning lots of minestrone and little meat and we are always working,” said Alfonso Melis, 89. 

“You just keep working and you eat minestrone, beans and potatoes,” added his older sister Claudia, 99, who attends church every morning.

Consolata, 105, who has had 14 children – nine of whom are still alive –
24 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and three great, great
grandchildren, still cooks and feeds her goats. Mama Mia!
So there you have it. Never stop working and eat your minestrone. Mangiare!

My Minestrone Ingredients:

  • 1 large onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 1 26 oz. can strained tomatoes
  • 4 ½ cups garbanzo beans (3 15oz cans)
  • 2 TBS Spike salt-free seasoning
  • nutritional yeast for topping


  1. Dice the onion and water sauté until soft.
  2. Dice the remaining veggies.
  3. Combine all remaining ingredients, except pasta, and simmer for about an hour.
  4. If you’re going to add pasta, cook it separately and add it to the soup last.
  5. Serve with some nutritional yeast for garnish.

Serves 6. Enjoy!


4 responses to “Mama Mia Minestrone”

  1. Kath Boswell says:

    This is excellent. Added Ezekiel sprouted grain elbow noodles. Love it. Thank you.

  2. Helyn says:

    Thanks for the feedback, Kath! I haven't tried Ezekiel noodles? How are they texture-wise?

  3. Curt says:

    Excellent, made it this evening!

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