Minestrone (GF, DF, Vegan, Top 8 Free, PLUS Slow Cooker Option)
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled, and chopped into small pieces
  • One 28 oz. basil and oregano crushed tomatoes, with juice
  • 5 cups vegetable broth (Note: if you're not worried about it being vegan, chicken broth also works)
  • 1 T agave (Note: if you're not worried about it being vegan, honey will work)
  • 1 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T. red wine
  • 1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 can of white cannellini beans (liquid and all)
  • 2 cups gluten-free short pasta of some kind
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Heat up the oil in a stock pot and add the onion, salt and carrots and cook until they're soft. I then add the rest, minus the pasta. I simmer for about an hour, or until the potatoes are done. How's that for directions? RIGHT???
  2. I like to boil my gluten-free noodles in a separate pot with heavily salted water because they're a lot more fragile than regular wheat noodles. Follow package directions. For my kind, I find 9-10 minutes makes a perfect al dente. You don't want your pasta too soft, since you'll be adding it to a hot soup where it can become too gummy. I put the pasta in the individual soup bowls right before I serve the soup.
  3. Or, you can also make this in a crock pot/slow cooker, for 6-8 hours, on low. Or, until the potatoes are soft. Be sure to still make the noodles separately, as they would be mush being cooked in the crock pot.
Notes
This would also be good with 1-2 stalks of celery, but my son is allergic.

This soup is very forgiving. You can add more or less broth and more or less vegetables and pasta if you need to feed a larger crowd. This makes enough to feed 6-8 large servings, regularly.

I've definitely done it without fresh basil on top when I haven't had any, but trust me--it truly adds!

And lastly, this freezes WONDERFULLY. I love to make a big batch and freeze it in a ziploc freezer baggie for later.
Recipe by Allergy Awesomeness at https://allergyawesomeness.com/minestrone-gf-df-vegan-top-8-free-plus-slow-cooker-option/