toddler friendly vegan minestrone

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as my baby gets older he gets less and less interested in eating baby food and wants to eat real food. there is always the trouble of his lack of teeth, so i look for creative ways to feed us all together. i made this soup up last night and my son loved it, and so did my husband. it’s simple, the veggies and beans are small & soft enough for his little mouth, and it’s still really flavorful and hearty. it’s also vegan & gluten free, but you can use wheat pasta and top with cheese if you prefer.

ingredients:

  1. 1/2 medium sized yellow onion, finely chopped
  2. 1 14 oz can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
  3. 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes, liquid included
  4. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  5. 1 stalk of celery, thinly chopped
  6. 1 small zucchini, chopped
  7. 1 cup small pasta of your choice (i used sam mills gluten free pasta for kids, shaped like ducks)
  8. 4 cups vegetable broth
  9. 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  10. salt and pepper to taste

directions:

  1. in a stock pot heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat and add in onion
  2. cook onion until slightly browned, about 4 minutes
  3. add in oregano & a pinch of salt
  4. add in zucchini, celery & canned tomatoes (with liquid) and stir together
  5. add the veg broth & cover, bring to a boil
  6. once boiling reduce heat to a rolling simmer & cook there about 8 minutes
  7. add in the pasta & cook until pasta is tender & celery & zucchini are soft but not mushy, about 8 more minutes

the end.

 

 

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