Healthy Spring Minestrone

Happy Monday everyone!

What a beautiful weekend we just had in NYC! Sunny, blue skies, with a lovely chill in the air, especially in the mornings and in the evenings… the perfect weather for a springtime soup.

The most amazing vegetables come into season in the Spring. Asparagus, dandelion, peas to name a few… Asparagus are great for liver and kidney health and dandelion is wonderful for detoxification. Combining them all into an aromatic minestrone seemed like just the thing to have these past few nights to take the chill off.

In today’s Motivational Monday I am going to show you how to make a delicious spring Minestrone that takes just minutes to prepare. All you’ll need are a few seasonal vegetables, rice pasta and broth and you’ll have dinner in minutes.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. One you watch the video, I’d love to hear from you… What is YOUR favorite Spring vegetable? And what’s your preferred way to prepare it? I’d love to hear what’s cooking in your kitchen 🙂

Have a great Monday and a wonderful start to your week!



Make 6 to 8 servings

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 small scallions (or 4 medium), sliced thin (whites and pale green parts)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium zucchini, quartered sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup diced asparagus
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 cup dandelion greens, chopped
  • 2 cups assorted baby greens (kale, chard, spinach), chopped
  • 1-15 ounce can garbanzo beans, rinsed
  • 2 cups cooked rice pasta
  • 1 1/2 Quart of broth (vegetable or chicken work well)
  • 1 teaspoon each dried thyme and oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Minced chives
  • Minced basil
  • Sun-dried tomato or basil pesto


In a large pot, heat olive oil. Add garlic and scallions, salt, pepper, thyme and oregano and cook until scallions have softened and garlic and herbs are fragrant. Add zucchini and asparagus and cook about 4 minutes. Add broth and garbanzo beans and simmer about 10 minutes. Add peas and leafy greens and simmer another minute. Add pasta and turn off heat. Let stand for about 15 minutes to let flavors meld, adjust salt and pepper and then serve with any of the garnishes above.

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10 comments on “Healthy Spring Minestrone

  1. AvatarLaurie

    Thanks Barbara for a wonderful healthy recipe as my body is craving springtime veggies at the moment! I have not eaten salad all winter long but as the weather has been warming up and the daylight is lingering longer in the afternoons, I have been wanting lighter fare. Actually, my favorite soup is Minestrone and I usually make a Tuscan style one during the Fall and Winter but this is such a nice change and I’m looking forward to making this! I have this feeling it’s going to be a keeper! I would really love to pin it to Pinterest to save but having a problem. It says there are no valid images to share. Not sure if you can help with that. Thanks!

    All the best!

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hey Laurie~ Thanks for your note. I think you will be happy with the soup. It was delicious.
      Not sure about the Pinterest but have forwarded your note to my web designer and she will touch base with you about it.
      Thanks again and enjoy your Spring!

    2. AvatarFrancesca

      Hi Laurie,
      We are so glad you are enjoying the blog and recipes!
      Unfortunately we neglected to take a photo of this recipe. I will likey come back and add an image, but it may be a while before I can do so.
      Hopefully you will deem other recipes worthwhile pinning, and we won’t have forgotten to take photos of those 🙂
      Barbara Mendez Nutrition

  2. AvatarJose and Eulalia

    This looks just as wonderful as the asparagus and leek soup which we made last week. It will be another great addition. Thanks a lot.

  3. AvatarDonna

    Thanks Barbara,
    I got the recipe…. Wondering how long it could sit in fridge such as lefts over…
    Have a great day.. I am enjoying the spring and my gardens of course!

  4. AvatarDonna

    Hi Barbara,
    Not sure ( probably me),but I can not seem to get to your blog ,to get the exact milestone soup recipe! I am signed up and everything.. I do get the video and you say go to my blog but I must be clicking wrong ,can you help? thanks Donna


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