Spring Minestrone with Brown Rice


A perfect soup for this time of the year. As the weather gets warmer and we start wearing less clothes, we start {or continue} eating lighter. And speaking of light, I’ve started going to the farmers’ market every week. In my town, the farmers’ market starts at 6 pm on Thursday nights. I’ve been remiss in attending mostly because it’s been cold and dark. Now that we have changed the clocks back an hour and the sun is staying up, I’ve been going every week.

All the vegetables in this soup were bought at the farmers’ market and were all picked that day and used that night. Isn’t that cool? The recipe comes from Super Natural Cooking, is vegan, and is very easy to make, especially if you already have vegetable stock on hand.  It’s also the cover recipe. 🙂 I added more vegetables and garlic because that’s always a good thing.

Spring Minestrone with Brown Rice

From Super Natural Cooking
  • 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup of brown basmati rice, rinsed
  • 6 cups of vegetable stock
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas, trimmed and cut in half diagonally
  • 1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup of peas
  • Fine grain sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Heat olive oil in large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and garlic and sauté until soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Add rice and stir, coating the rice, about a minute. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat,  and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes until just tender.
  2. Add the vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and serve immediately so vegetables stay nice and green.

Serves 4

10 thoughts on “Spring Minestrone with Brown Rice

  1. How cool that you have an evening market! My town has a great one (I’ve seen people from Cooks’s Illustrated there, since it’s published here) but it’s on Thursday afternoons and I can almost never go. The soup looks great!

  2. As you can imagine, farmers markets here are pretty bad. (because nothing grows here!) So I am quite jealous that you can get all those fresh vegetables – and make a fabulous soup with them!

  3. Farmers markets are great to visit for great fresh produce. Your soup looks wonderful.

    I found your blog through Natalia’s blog.


  4. This looks fabulous! I am dying for our farmer’s market to open — it is on Saturday mornings. I plan to hit it weekly this summer. An evening one sounds really fun!

  5. This soup sounds fantastic. I love all the greens in it. How healthy and fabulous. I could eat a bowl right now, even though it’s almost 1am and I should be asleep 🙂

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