Italian food is one of my favourites. As I mentioned, I love anything pasta related and we all know Italian food involves that. But what I love most is Italian style soups. The flavours are just so delicious! As we all know Italian food is a bit high in calories, and we all feel a bit guilty eating it. If you know me, I don’t like to give up something just because it isn’t that great for me. I strive to make them healthier, so there is nothing to feel bad about! I did just that with my favourite Italian soup recipe, Minestrone Soup.
To give the dish so much flavour, I used a mixture of savoury herbs and spices like thyme , basil and red chili flakes, along with fresh veggies. This recipe is so easy to make and is ready in about 30 minutes. The best part of all is that each serving is just 150 calories!
This recipe is also freezer friendly. When I make this, I usually make extra so I can have some for lunch at work the next day or to take to a friend’s for dinner. You can all relax now because there is finally a guilt free and skinny Italian soup that everyone will love!
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
1 cup finely chopped zucchini
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon dried thyme
pinch dried red chili flakes
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
5 cups vegetable stock
1 cup uncooked tubetti pasta
1 Parmesan rind
pepper, to taste
Freshly torn basil, for serving
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, red pepper, zucchini and garlic and sauté for 4 minutes. Stir in the thyme, oregano and chili flakes.
Add the diced tomatoes with juices, stock, Parmesan rind; bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes then add the pasta and reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Season soup with pepper, remove and discard Parmesan rind before serving. Serve soup with freshly torn basil.
*Calories per serving: 150, Fat 3 grams, Cholesterol 0.3 mg, Sodium 532 mg, Carbohydrates 31.5 grams, Fibre 7.5 grams, Sugar 6 grams, Protein 7.5 grams