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 This Minestrone is for those who don’t want to sauté, caramelize or sear. Just layer your ingredients in a pot and simmer. The result is a flavorful, al dente vegetable mix with a small amount of  natural juices If you prefer more liquid, just add a little vegetable broth to get the amount you prefer. Serve hot or warm with grated Parmesan and you have a delicious and healthy soup.

Note: Any leftovers can be tossed with pasta or used as a side dish with fish or meat.

Prep time: 20 minutes




By Gloria Kobrin Published: June 19, 2018

  • Yield:

  • 6-8 Servings


  • 1 28 ounce can organic crushed tomatoes
  • 2 medium onions peeled, cored, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 2 large zucchini rinsed, trimmed and diced
  • 1 10 ounce package frozen peas defrosted
  • 1 10 ounce package frozen lima beans (or fava beans) defrosted
  • 1 large Romaine lettuce washed thoroughly and shredded
  • 1 small bunch of Italian parsley stems removed- washed and chopped
  • 1 ounce basil leaves coarsely chopped (or 3 frozen cubes of basil)
  • 1 tablespoon seasalt


  • 8 quart soup pot with cover
  • 1 long handled spoon


  1. Pour crushed tomatoes into the pot. Cover with sliced onions. Scatter zucchini over the top. Add half the lettuce. Cover with peas. Add remaining lettuce. Cover with lima beans. Sprinkle parsley, basil and sea salt over the top. Cover the pot and simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes or until you can hear the tomatoes begin to bubble. Carefully, remove cover. Stir all the vegetables together. Make sure to bring the spoon down to the bottom of the pot to reach the tomatoes and onions. Cover the pot and continue to simmer 30-45 minutes longer. Stir every once in awhile to make sure nothing burns at the bottom. When the Minestrone is done, you will have a flavorful mix of al dente vegetables in a relatively small amount of liquid. Add vegetable stock if you prefer more liquid. Taste. Add more salt if desired. Remember that Parmesan adds saltiness to a recipe. Have that in mind when you add the sea salt. Serve hot or warm. I love it when the Parmesan melts on top of the vegetables. Enjoy