- Difficulty Easy
A wonderful minestrone with kale and mixed grains recipe to try for a healthy wholesome meal!
This savoury minestrone with kale and mixed grains is a beautiful dish to warm you from the inside out on chilly winter nights. For this warming minestrone with kale and mixed grains, try using other grains such as millet, amaranth and spelt for different textures, nutrients and flavours. Diced zucchini and celery would be lovely in this minestrone with kale and mixed grains, too! For a good hit of protein, add 1 cup of whole lentils with the stock. This yummy minestrone with kale and mixed grains soup freezes well.
Ingredients for this warming Minestrone with Kale and Mixed Grains
- 1 onion or leek, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- ½–1 tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup each of red, white and black quinoa
- ¼ cup brown rice
- ¼ cup barley
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- 300–500ml filtered water
- 1 cup green beans, chopped into 1cm pieces
- 1 carrot, diced
- 2 cups kale, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
- 2 tbsp lemon zest, grated (optional)
- 2 spring onions, finely sliced (to garnish)
How to make this Minestrone with Kale and Mixed Grains
- In a stockpot or very large saucepan, sauté the onion or leek and garlic in the oil over medium heat for about 2 minutes.
- Add the quinoa, rice, barley, dried oregano, bay leaf, tomatoes, stock and water and bring to the boil.
- Drop to a simmer with the lid half-on and continue to cook for about 20 minutes or until the grains are half-cooked.
- Add the vegetables and cook until they are soft – about 15 minutes.
- Add the fresh oregano and lemon zest and serve in a bowl.
- Garnish with spring onions.
*Tip: You can cook the grains separately and then scoop them on top of the soup before serving.