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April 12, 2016

by Alyssa

Spring Vegetable Quinoa Minestrone

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This healthy quinoa minestrone recipe is packed full of fresh spring vegetables and makes for the most delicious weeknight meal. It's also vegetarian too!

Spring Quinoa Minestrone with all sorts of amazing seasonal veggies! Hearty, simply and delicious!

Today I'm partnering with my lovely friends from Tuttorosso Tomatoes to bring you a comforting quinoa minestrone that's lightened up with seasonal spring veggies.

A big batch of soup might not be the first thing that jumps to mind as we're moving into spring, but with the chilly weather we've been having in NYC, it was the perfect, simple meal. It also comes together really quickly, so for those nights when you don't really have a plan to dinner but still want something healthy and nourishing? This soup is it.

This EASY Quinoa Minestrone is packed with spring vegetables -- light, healthy and the perfect weeknight meal! [vegan]

This EASY Quinoa Minestrone is packed with spring vegetables -- light, healthy and the perfect weeknight meal! [vegan]

Soup in my house is kind of a controversial subject. I'm all about soups that are smooth and creamy. Matt, on the other hand, would much prefer something that is broth-based, with chunky vegetables and meat. So more often than not we just don’t make it. Unless I’m home alone, of course.

This quinoa minestrone is my compromise. It's chunky just as Matt likes it, but has some of my favorite veggies inside. Plus, it's meatless, so that's another check on my list!

The BEST vegetable minestrone made fresh spring veggies and protein-rich quinoa!

It starts with a simple base of sauteed onions, garlic, carrots and a can of diced tomatoes. Then it's just some water (or veggie broth), quinoa and lots and LOTS of veggies!

The BEST tomatoes for making vegetable minestrone!

For the tomatoes, I always make sure to purchase the no salt added ones from Tuttorosso because the extra sodium really just isn’t necessary.

It also means that we have more control over the flavor of our dish and it gives us the opportunity to add more vitamins to the meal by using mineral-rich sea salt.

I also love that Tuttorosso tomatoes hold up when they’re cooked. Do you know how some will kind of disintegrates? Not these! There are still big chunks of juicy red tomatoes in there.

Classic minestrone is made with pasta. But since we often bend the rules around here, rather than pasta I added in quinoa.

While not quite as pronounced texturally wise as the pasta would be, the quinoa upped the protein content of the soup, keeping it hearty and filling without overloading your body with refined carbs.

The remaining veggies you can have a little fun with. Since I’m all about finding what’s available to you, here’s what I was able to get at the store:

  • zucchini
  • asparagus
  • kale
  • sweet peas

But I encourage you to play and use what a) you can find in season and b) what you enjoy. Not a kale fan? try spinach! Don’t want funky smelling pee? Swap the asparagus for green beans! Don’t like peas? Sweet corn would be delicious!

Oh and if you want to make it a bit heartier, feel free to throw in a can of garbanzo or navy beans!

No matter what your combination is, it’s going to be delicious. You can never go wrong with a soup like this because it can always be tweaked to your preferences. That’s what makes it so amazing (and the perfect “clean out the fridge” meal!).

Need a quick weeknight meal? Try this QUINOA MINESTRONE! It's power packed, healthy and super easy to make! [vegan]

To serve, I highly suggest a piece of toasted bread and a touch of nutritional yeast. You get a slightly cheesy flavor (which is so familiar with a dish like this) and have the perfect vessel to soak up the remaining tomatoy broth. YUM!

Your turn…

What are you favorite vegetables to add to minestrone? I can’t wait to see what combinations you come up with! I’d love for you to snap a pic and tag @simplyquinoa on Instagram so I can actually see it (or send me a Snap of the finished product! @alyssarimmer)

xo Alyssa


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Spring Vegetable Quinoa Minestrone

Spring Vegetable Quinoa Minestrone

It also comes together really quickly, so for those nights when you don't really have a plan to dinner but still want something healthy and nourishing? This soup is it.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 119kcal
Author Alyssa Rimmer
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4.18 from 23 votes



  • Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic, onions and carrots and cook until starting to brown, about 2 - 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, water, quinoa, spices, bay leaves, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and reduce to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove lid and stir in remaining vegetables. Cook for 10 minutes more until asparagus has started to soften, but still has a light crunch.
  • Taste, adjust seasonings as needed and serve immediately. Garnish with nutritional yeast (or cheese) if you want some cheesy flavor.


*I used water in this recipe so added about 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teapspoon of pepper -- this would be too much if you were using vegetable broth, so start with just 1/2 a teaspoon and adjust from there.


Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 628mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 5235IU | Vitamin C: 39.2mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 3.2mg



This post was sponsored by Tuttorosso, but all opinions are my own. As always, thank you for supporting the brands that I love and I hope you try their tomatoes – I’m not even kidding when I tell you that the quality is out of this world (and the flavor is amazing!)


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  1. […] of delicious spring veggies, this meatless quinoa soup is full of flavour! Any soup that “starts with a simple base of sautéed onions, garlic, carrots and a can of diced tomatoes” can’t be lacking. Get the recipe from Simply Quinoa […]

  2. I’ve made this soup a couple of times. I just love the freshness of the spring vegetables. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. We love this soup – so healthy and filling! Thank you! This is definitely on my homemade soup list! X

  4. Thanks for the recipe! I want to try swapping the quinoa with organic brown rice. Can you advise if this would change the cooking instructions at all?


    • You could totally try, but it will affect the cooking time dramatically. I’d say you’ll want to simmer it for at least 45 minutes before adding in the remaining veggies, but you’ll have to just go with how fast the brown rice is cooking. Let me know how it turns out! xx

  5. I’m interested in making this for a friend who is having surgery later in the week. How does it hold up for leftovers? Thinking about the asparagus & zucchini as both can get soggy with overcooking…just wondering how they are a day or two later… thx!

  6. […] Spring Vegetable Quinoa Minestrone by Alyssa at Simply Quinoa […]

  7. Racheal – you read my mind !
    I have been getting bored with just eating quinoa alone or garlic added ! So I have all the ingredients down and Bobby and I plan to make this for the weekend and freeze for other days when the monsoon rains ( what it has felt like ) come back oh wait if they ever leave Lynchburg ! It’s so easy to make and a lot like my veggie soup , but I never thought to put kale in my soup , my grandma ️always put chopped spinach in hers so I should have known ! Can’t wait to taste it later today !

    • Can’t wait to hear what you think of it! Such a simple and delicious dish. And a great way to use up quinoa for sure 🙂

  8. […]  I was looking for a new recipe for a Spring soup that was heavy on veggies and came across this Spring Vegetable Quinoa Minestrone on Simply Quinoa.  It was SO EASY to make and super tasty.  I left out asparagus because I […]

  9. I added a package of tri-color cheese tortellini for my family as our dinner. I also replaced the peas w/ dried lentils (and added additional water, as per instructions). HUGE hit!

    • I think so, yeah! You probably won’t need that much time — probably just a few hours. Keep me posted!

        • I don’t think so! We froze our leftovers and reheated them and it was fine. If it does, just add a touch more water 🙂

  10. Maybe this isn’t normal but I seriously crave soup year round!! Even when it gets into the 90s down here in Louisiana. I’m always ready for a heaping bowl of veggies. I’d love to add some chickpeas to this!

    • Haha probably because soup is the BEST! and cold soups like gazpacho are perfect for that type of weather…mmm! Love the idea of chickpeas 🙂

  11. I pretty much throw in anything in the fridge or what happens to tickle my brain. I love soups of all kinds.

  12. I love soup and this sounds so good. Will try it soon. Thank you for you hard work on healthy recipes.


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