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Mushroom and Quinoa Minestrone Soup

Mushroom and Quinoa Minestrone Soup

This Mushroom and Quinoa Minestrone Soup is packed with vegetables and incredibly flavorful. It’s also full of protein thanks to mushrooms, beans,¬†and quinoa.

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. To prepare the quinoa, rinse and soak it in cold water for 30 minutes to 4 hours. Drain and rinse well one more time. This helps to get rid of any left-over saponin residue (a natural insect repellent) that gives quinoa a bitter taste. ( You can skip this step if the slightly bitter taste doesn’t bother you. I always soak quinoa first because I don’t like bitter foods. )
  2. Place the quinoa and 1 1/2 cups of water into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the quinoa is fluffy and has absorbed all of the liquid.
  3. To prepare the mushrooms, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are soft, reduced in volume, and the mushroom liquid has evaporated, for about 8 minutes. Set aside. ( To save time, I usually cook the quinoa and mushrooms as I chop the veggies).
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions start to soften, for about 4 minutes. Add the celery, carrots, zucchini and red pepper. Cook the vegetables, stirring occasionally until they start to soften, for about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable stock, water, mushrooms, beans, oregano, basil, and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper. Stir a few times and bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes.
  6. Add the quinoa and cook for 5 more minutes.

Notes

Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 7 servings.

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