• Hayley Lucero

Paleo Minestrone Soup

Key Words: Gluten-free, Paleo, Soup, Family Friendly


It has been freezing in most of the country and while it is cold here most days right now, I wanted to share a recipe that can warm your heart and nourish your body today. This is one of my favorite recipes to eat on a snowy day, to come home to after skiing, or just because I want food that is good for the soul.


Minestrone soup typically has beans, pasta, and lots of veggies. However, if grains and beans are not your friend most days (like me) then here is the perfect recipe for you! Veggie packed with no grains and potatoes are always a good substitute for beans in the soup.


Since minestrone soup has so many different colored veggies it also means it has tons of different vitamins and minerals. This is also good during the winter since lots of viruses like to hang out in the winter months, too. Vitamins Iike C and D with minerals like Zinc are imperative to your immune system, however, those aren't the only ones you need. Getting a variety of vitamins and nutrients makes sure that your body is functioning at its highest potential.

Tips for this recipe:

  1. I use ground chicken, but it is also good with and ground meat you like

  2. If you are doing the Whole30, just leave out the grain-free pasta and add a few more potatoes- it is still delicious

  3. If you want "real" pasta- then go for it! Same with beans, this doesn't have to be only Paleo

  4. Make a double batch because this is a great freezer meal down the road

  5. If you can't find white sweet potatoes- feel free to use any potato you like! This is also really good with Yukon gold potatoes.

  6. You can cook this in your InstantPot too! Saute all your veggies and chicken, minus potatoes and spinach, then throw everything in your InstantPot and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes.





Recipe:

1 pound ground chicken

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 large carrots diced

3 stalks celery diced

2 medium yellow onion diced

2 cups green beans chopped into bite size pieces

2 zucchini diced

2 cups spinach

2 medium white sweet potatoes diced

3 garlic cloves mined

1 16oz can diced tomatoes

1/2 6oz can tomato paste

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups water

1 Tbsp Oregano

1/2 Tbsp Thyme

2 Bay leaves

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

1 pack Jovial Grain Free Pasta- your favorite shape


Directions:

  1. Brown ground chicken in a pan until cooked through.

  2. In a large pot, heat your olive oil and saute your carrots, celery, onion, green beans, and garlic. Once onions are translucent, add the chicken.

  3. Once chicken and veggies are combines, add the rest of the ingredients, except the pasta and spinach.

  4. Bring to a boil and let cook until potatoes are fork-tender then decrease the heat. This should take about 20 minutes.

  5. In the meantime cook your pasta according to the directions on the package.

  6. Once potatoes are cooked, add pasta and spinach. It is ready to serve when the spinach is cooked down, should only take about 2 minutes.

  7. Serve and enjoy!

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