Spring Minestrone

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Preparation Time 15 minutes Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 Cost Per Serving $1.85
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2 LVegetable Stock
1 cupAsparagus, chopped into 1 inch pieces
2 cupsKale, roughly chopped
1 cupOnion, roughly chopped
1 cupCherry Tomotoes, roughly chopped
2 clovesGarlic, crushed
1 cupNavy Beans (dry and soaked or from a can and rinsed well)
1/4 cupBasil, roughly chopped
1/4 cupParsley, roughly chopped
1/4 cupParmesan Cheese, grated
1/2 cupSpelt or Whole Wheat Pasta (any small shape)
1/2Lemon, juice only
1 tbspOlive Oil
To tasteSea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. ​Place a large stock pot over medium heat, add olive oil.
  2. Add onion and garlic and cook through until softened, about 5 minutes
  3. Add the vegetable stock and beans and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce to a simmer, add tomatoes, asparagus and pasta. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes.
  5. Add kale, basil, parsley and the juice of half a lemon. Season to taste. Remove from heat.
  6. Ladle into bowls and grate a little parmesan cheese over each serving.


  • ​Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin K and folate, with 6 spears providing 55% and 60% of the amount most people need each day. Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting, while folate is a B vitamin that is needed for red blood cell formation.
  • Asparagus has been found to have several plant chemicals and antioxidants that may help reduce overall inflammation in the body. Inflammation increases the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Glutathione is one type of antioxidant found in asparagus, and research suggests it is one of the most powerful antioxidants we have discovered. The antioxidant level of asparagus is on par with broccoli and cabbage.