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Jody’s Quick Quinoa Minestrone

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 10 min prep
Clock Icon for Prep Time 35 min total
Person Icon for Serving Size 8 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 15 ingredients

This Quick Quinoa Minestrone recipe makes about one gallon, so it’s an easy meal in a bowl for 6 or more. If you are cooking for less than 6 people, you may want to...

The base of the soup includes pancetta, Italian bacon, which is very lean. Feel free to leave it out if you prefer a vegetarian soup. Or, in step 2, replace it with a tablespoon of a chopped ‘woody’ herb like thyme, savory or rosemary.


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ¼  cup extra virgin olive oil, set aside extra to drizzle over the finished soup
  • 1 cup onion, cut into ¼ inch dice
  • 1 cup leeks, white part only, sliced ¼ inch and washed well
  • 1 cup celery, cut into ¼ inch dice
  • 1 cup carrot, cut into ¼ inch dice
  • 1 cup fennel, cut into ¼ inch dice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped
  • 1½ pounds ripe plum tomatoes, peeled and cut into ½ inch dice (or canned diced tomatoes, such as Muir Glen)
  • 2 bay leaves, fresh if possible
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 pound of fresh or frozen green spring vegetables, such as:

Asparagus, cut ½ inch thick diagonally
Tender green beans, cut ½ inch thick diagonally
Fava beans, shelled
Peas, shelled
Zucchini diced ½ inch
Spinach, or other tender greens, chopped

  • 1 cup mixed herbs such as basil, parsley, oregano, and mint, chopped
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
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Nutrition Facts


279 cals


11 g

Saturated Fat

3 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

6 g


38 g


5 g


11 g


10 g


298 mg


  1. Put the quinoa into a bowl, cover with water and allow to soak 30 minutes.
  2. Heat ¼ cup oil with the pancetta in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook 4 minutes to render the pancetta. Add the onion, leeks, celery, carrot and fennel, season with salt and pepper and cook, until tender, for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the quinoa and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and 3 cups broth, bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. When ready to serve, add the remaining broth, bring to a boil and then add the green vegetables. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the vegetables are tender, for about 5 minutes. Remove the bay leaves, stir in the herbs and serve immediately in warm bowls. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and some grated parmesan cheese.

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