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Spring Green Minestrone in three bowls on green backdrop.
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5 from 3 votes

Spring Green Minestrone

Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free (if modified)
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ large yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 2 leeks, thinly sliced and rinsed well(about 3 cups)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 6 cups vegetable stock
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs (tied into a bundle with kitchen twine)
  • 1 parmesan cheese rind (omit for dairy-free)
  • 1 ½ cup English peas
  • 2 cups thinly sliced lacinato kale
  • One 15-oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped fresh dill, divided
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (about ½ lemon)

For Garnish:

  • Freshly grated parmesan (omit for dairy-free)
  • Crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • ​​​In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions, leeks, garlic, oregano, pepper, and salt. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onions and leeks are translucent, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add in the miso and stir to combine until it melts into the veggies. ​Pour in the wine, stir, and cook until the wine has reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the vegetable stock, thyme sprigs, and cheese rind. Turn the heat up to medium-high and bring to a simmer. Cover with a tight-fitting lid, and turn down to low. Cook for about 25 minutes to allow the parmesan and thyme to infuse into the broth.
  • After the soup has simmered, remove thyme and parmesan cheese rind. Turn the heat back up to medium, and​ add in the peas, kale, and cannellini beans.
  • Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes until the peas are bright green and the kale has softened slightly. Remove from the heat and stir in half of the dill, the lemon zest, and lemon juice.

To Serve:

  • Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with fresh parmesan, sprinkle with dill, and red pepper flakes if using. Enjoy!