I had such a strong craving for this easy minestrone soup with chickpeas and rice (maybe because I spent the last month devouring shortbread cookies?). A simple soup with canned crushed tomatoes, chickpeas, and broccoli, there are many ways to modify the base minestrone recipe and make it your own.
Make This Minestrone Soup Your Own!
The options to modify this basic minestrone are endless – I like to think of it more as a starting point.
- The recipe as written is both vegan and vegetarian however, you could use chicken or beef stock if you like.
- I like to change up the vegetables depending on what I have on hand, and I sometimes substitute lentils or beans for the chickpeas.
- I added rice to this batch to keep it gluten-free for a friend, but you could try macaroni noodles, small pasta shells, or even gnocchi for extra heartiness! If you want to add pasta to your minestrone add the pasta to each individual serving bowl rather than letting it sit and get soggy in the pot.
- If you’re a meat eater you could add shredded chicken or mini meatballs to your minestrone. Crumbled cooked sausage would be good too!
- Although the recipe is dairy free, I like to top mine with a little grated Parmesan cheese.
Easy Minestrone Soup With Chickpeas And Rice (vegan)
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 5 cups water
- 2 medium potatoes skin on, chopped
- 2 carrots diced
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 19-ounce can chickpeas drained, rinsed
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup steamed broccoli florets
- 1 cup cooked rice
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until onion begins to brown.
- Add crushed tomatoes, water, potatoes, carrots, and bay leaves to pot. Raise heat to medium-high, bring to a boil, then cover, and reduce heat. Simmer soup for 20 minutes with lid on.
- Add chickpeas to pot and continue to simmer 10 minutes more. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Add broccoli florets and cooked rice to bottom of a soup bowl. Ladle hot minestrone over broccoli and rice and serve.
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This post was first published on January 8, 2019 and was updated on June 22, 2019.