An easy, healthy, veggie-packed soup made in under 40 minutes. This Whole30 zoodle minestrone soup is the perfect fall and winter comfort food. Make it, eat it, or freeze it! Comfort in a bowl has never tasted so good.
Soup is a beast when it comes to feeding little ones. You sort of have to get your mind wrapped around the fact that dinnertime will be MESSY. There will be sticky hands, messy chins, and a table slashed with liquid. It’s one of those universal truths moms just know. But when soup is packed with healthy veggies yummy enough for even little ones to devour, it doesn’t matter. Actually, it’s quite victorious.
Think about it, if you served a plate of green beans, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, celery, and zucchini, I’d venture to guess it wouldn’t go over very well for dinner with kids (or let’s be real, or adults ). But mixed in to a comfort-style soup with flavorful Italian herbs, rich broth, and lots perfectly complimented texture, anyone would be crazy not to love it. Crazy I tell ya.
I wasn’t sure if attempting a minestrone soup without beans or noodles was genius or insane. I certainly had my doubts. But after one bite, I was so delighted with the result I legit wanted to karate chop something in excitement.
“I’ll never miss traditional minestrone soup again!” I yelled at 9pm (prime recipe testing for my schedule), as my husband gave me that ‘who the hell did I marry?’ look.
Then the nutrition freak in me did one more cheeto chop (or is it judo chop?) when I realized this was going to be the perfect dinner and leftover lunch for the kiddos. Perfectly cooked soft veggies for the little mouths and a perfect leftover meal on rotation for me. Easy mommying for the win!
Whole30 Zoodle Minestrone
Sweet potatoes are the perfect substitution for hearty beans and noodles with traditional minestrone. In fact, it’s my humble opinion that this Whole30 zoodle minestrone tastes even better with sweet potatoes. Because sweet potatoes = life. And no more mushy zucchini! Using zucchini noodles (or ‘zoodles’) is not only a fun way to add some creative flair, it omits that whole mushy zucchini thing that happens all to often in soups or stews.
I do have one teeny-tiny confession…I bought the sweet potatoes already cut (thank you Target) and didn’t spiral the zucchini noodles myself (also bought them like that). So feel free to cheat and make your life easier. I won’t tell.
Then follow a few simple steps, simmer, and wait for all the goodness to come to fruition. Who knew minestrone could be so dang easy (and cooked in under 40 minutes)?! This Whole30 zoodle minestrone soup can also be frozen and consumed later for batch cooking at it’s best.
Love fall comfort food but want to keep it Whole30 compliant? Try this one pot creamy Whole30 mushroom and sage chicken, parsnip leek butternut squash soup, tomato basil and beef goulash with eggplant, Whole30 Tuscan chicken spaghetti squash, hearty Midwest vegetable stew , and this Whole30 cream of celery and mushroom baked chicken.
- 1 cup diced yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 32 ounces vegetable broth
- 2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
- 2 cups 1" cubed sweet potatoes
- 1½ cups green beans (halved or quartered)
- 2 stalks chopped celery
- 2 bay leaves
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary (finely chopped)
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- 1½ - 2 cups zucchini noodles
- Place 1 cup diced onion to a large pot and add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sauté on over medium/high heat for about 4 minutes, until onions are fragrant and start to become translucent
- Pour the vegetable broth and diced tomatoes (with juice) into the pot. Using one of the cans from the tomatoes, pour 1 can of water into the pot as well
- Add the sweet potatoes, green beans, celery, and all the dried herbs and salt to the pot and cook for 5 minutes
- Lower the heat to medium after 5 minutes and continue to simmer another 20-25 minutes until vegetables are soft
- Turn the heat off and add the zucchini noodles to the hot soup just before serving. The temperature of the soup will cook the noodles without the need for heat on the stovetop
- If freezing, let cool fully then store in an airtight container for up to four months