Marxy Minestrone

While in the kitchen at school the other day, a colleague proudly presented his lunch… a gluten and dairy free minestrone soup!  Of course, I took a look and had to ask how he made it.  He gladly is sharing the recipe for all of you!  It looked delicious, smelled scrumptious, and served for several meals.  Hope you enjoy!  Thanks Robert 🙂

Marxy Minestrone


  1. 2tsp. olive oil
  2. 1 zucchini squash
  3. 1 yellow squash
  4. 1 yellow onion
  5. 1 green bell pepper
  6. 4 cloves garlic
  7. 16-oz portabella mushrooms
  8. 2 heads kale [parboiled – kale should be soaked, ripped into pieces, and parboiled to make more tender]
  9. 16-oz can garbanzo beans
  10. 16-oz can black beans
  11. 16-oz can pinto beans
  12. 16-oz can crushed tomatoes
  13. 32-oz bottle Reduced Sodium V8
  14. 1 bunch fresh, flat-leaf parsley
  15. Salt and pepper, to taste
  16. ¼ c. fresh cilantro [optional]
  17. 1/8 tsp. cayenne [optional]
  18. 1 tbsp. ground cumin [optional]
  1. In a stockpot at medium-high heat, sauté olive oil, zucchini, yellow squash, onion, pepper, mushrooms, and garlic.
  2. When the vegetables soften, add the kale, beans, and crushed tomatoes.
  3. Add the V8 slowly, in several additions. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the parsley, salt and pepper to taste, and other optional spices.
  5. Cover and simmer for 10 more minutes.
For a heartier stew, add 1.5 cups cooked rice with the V8. The rice will absorb much of the liquid, giving the meal a heavier consistency.

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One response to “Marxy Minestrone

  1. A Table in the Sun

    Minestrone is comforting…..any day of the week!

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