Minestrone Soup – Guest post from Vidhya – Vidhya Vegetarian Kitchen

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I have recently started Toddler friendly recipe page and have mentioned about the guest post from Moms. Today we have a guest, My very good friend Srividhya from Vidhya’s Vegetarian Kitchen. Ever since we knew each other I have a good rapport with her. More than blogging, I remember having lot of general and personal chat with her. Usually if I have any doubts about the food I give for my toddler or any general toddler related questions  she is one among few with whom I discuss. I told about this guest post and she instantly accepted, gave me three options and being a Minestrone soup fan I opted for this recipe.

Vidhya’s Postpartum Recipes, Festive special, Leftover Ideas, Neivediyams/Prasadams are some of my favorites. Her simple style of cooking and expressive intro about recipes are something I love about her space. I have a big list of todo recipes from her space. I can continue writing about SriVidhya but soup is waiting

Sri says,

When Vidya asked me for guest post, I was really elated and humbled and when the theme was “Toddler food” I couldn’t say no for sure. Also when Vidya asks, how can this Vidhya say No? 🙂 Vidya was my first virtual friend from the food blogging community. What do I say about her and her blog? The blog name says it all – Traditionally Modern Food. I love all her recipes and especially the baked versions of thattai, vadai and other delicacies. Its in my todo list and will be trying them soon. I got a chance to meet her also. A fun person to be with and the other thing that I like about her is she readily shares her tips that she follows for posting and stuff. Now tell me who will do that?? I am glad to find a friend for life. Wishing her good luck for all her future endeavours.

Now coming to the recipe, I have mentioned many times in my blog that my kiddo loves soup. In my opinion, soups are best ways to sneak in the vegetables.

Initially I used to give him pureed soups and then started chunky soups. The veggie chunks soaked in the soup broth is easier to chew and a great way to introduce vegetables. The Minestrone soup is a famous Italian soup and its one of the famous dish in the Olive Garden – Italian chain restaurant in US. Whenever we go there, we have this soup for sure. Its loaded with veggies, beans and pasta. I have tried similar kind with Indian spices but here is the recipe with Italian spices. Its a filling soup and you can pack this for lunch too along with some sandwich.

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  • Shallots: 4

  • Celery – 2 stalks

  • Carrot – 2

  • Zucchini – 2

  • Tomatoes – 3 to 4

  • Red kidney beans – 1 can

  • White cannellini beans – 1/2 can

  • Vegetable broth – 1 can (32 oz)

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 2 tbsps

  • Shell Pasta – 1 cup

  • Dried Oregano – 1 tsp

  • Dried Basil – 1 tsp

  • Salt – 1 tsp

  • Freshly crushed pepper – 1 tsp

  • Grated cheese while serving – as required (Parmesan will go well, but you can choose your favorite)

  • Water – 4 cups


  • Boil the three tomatoes in 4 cups of water till the skin peels off. It will take upto 12-15 minutes

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  • While the tomatoes are getting done, chop the shallots, celery, carrots and zucchini.

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  • Let the tomatoes cool, peel the skin and chop them into chunks.

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  • Heat the pan and add oil.

  • Once the oil is hot, add the onions and saute till they are translucent.

  • Now add the chopped veggies, oregano, basil and salt and Mix well.

  • Let it cook for up to 3-4 minutes.

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  • Now add the tomato chunks and mix well.

  • Add the pasta and vegetable broth.

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  • Let the pasta cook in the vegetable broth for 8-10 minutes till they are all done.

  • Finally add the beans and crushed pepper and let it cook for another 3 minutes.

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Thats it. Yummy soup is ready. Serve hot with shaved/grated cheese and bread.

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1) You can use regular onion instead of shallots. The traditional recipe doesn’t call for shallots though.

2) If you notice I went with store bought beans and broth. You can make them from scratch too. Soak a handful of beans and pressure cook it by adding 1/4 tsp of salt. Similarly whenever I do kootu, I save the boiled veggie water and use it as broth. But if I don’t have it in hand I go for store bought.

3) You can also use canned tomatoes and that gives you the red color to the soup.

4)I prefer Low Sodium canned products and when you use the canned beans rinse them before adding it to the soup and adjust the salt accordingly

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20 thoughts on “Minestrone Soup – Guest post from Vidhya – Vidhya Vegetarian Kitchen

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  2. Loretta March 13, 2015 at 3:51 PM Reply

    This looks so hearty and delicious.

  3. farin ahmed March 12, 2015 at 9:23 AM Reply

    Both vidya rocks!!! Super dooper soup and lovely guest post

  4. farin ahmed March 12, 2015 at 9:22 AM Reply

    Both vidya rocks… Super dooper soup and lovely guest post

  5. swathi March 11, 2015 at 2:08 PM Reply

    Looks delicious very nice guest post.

  6. coconutcraze March 11, 2015 at 12:07 PM Reply

    Guest recipe is a gesture of sharing to a whole new level! This soup is not just hearty and healthy but it is a mark of friendship. Love the soup, sharing and friendship!!!

  7. cookingwithtoddlers March 11, 2015 at 10:50 AM Reply

    Looks wonderful!! Something my little guy would surely eat 🙂

  8. Maribel March 11, 2015 at 7:32 AM Reply

    Que bueno, este plato lo tengo que hacer

  9. Francesca Trucco March 11, 2015 at 6:26 AM Reply

    Minestrone is something I do love, exspecially in winter time. It has an italian name and this shows how common and loved minestrone is here in Italy. That’s why I liked your receipt, different from our tradition but very interesting !!! 🙂

  10. marudhuskitchenm March 11, 2015 at 5:52 AM Reply

    have to make this soup soon vidhya…it is in my lists for long

  11. veenashankar March 10, 2015 at 10:58 PM Reply

    nice guest post.. healthy and filling soup

  12. srividhya March 10, 2015 at 9:18 PM Reply

    Thanks vidya for your kind words.. over formala eruko???

  13. Chitra Jagadish March 10, 2015 at 5:22 PM Reply

    Wonderful post V and Sri…. soup looks comforting and yummmm…. 🙂 🙂

  14. Chitra Jagadish March 10, 2015 at 5:21 PM Reply

    Wonderful post Sri and V.. Soup looks comforting. … 🙂 🙂

  15. Mr. Militant Negro March 10, 2015 at 5:14 PM Reply

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

  16. Malar March 10, 2015 at 5:08 PM Reply

    Wow, that looks awesome!!! Super soup from Sri 🙂

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