Cook with us: Hearty Italian minestrone soup

February 23, 2024 Providence Nutrition Team


In this article:

  • Providence has teamed up with Homemade to provide free, online cooking classes each month. In February, we’re making Italian minestrone soup with homemade crackers.

  • This soup recipe is super nutritious featuring plenty of greens, beans and grains for fiber and protein.

  • You can join us for the class live or watch the video on-demand — whichever fits your schedule.

Free February cooking class: Italian minestrone soup and homemade crackers

On a cold February evening, a warm bowl of soup is exactly what you need to warm up. And when it’s a nutritious soup, it may be exactly what your body needs to stay healthy.

This month, you can join Providence and our partner, Homemade, to learn how to make Italian minestrone soup — plus some delicious crackers. In these free, online cooking classes, we’ll give you all the ingredients and instructions you need for a healthy, flavorful dinner.

“Minestrone soup is a classic Italian soup that can be made with a wide variety of vegetables, beans and herbs,” says Megann Karch, a registered dietitian nutritionist and clinical dietitian with Providence Swedish. “This particular green minestrone includes multiple dark green vegetables that are very nutrient dense and a great source of fiber, folate and vitamin K. The recommendation for most people is to eat about 2.5 cups of vegetables each day, and this soup is full of them, making it easy to reach that goal.”

This recipe also features farro, an ancient grain, in place of pasta noodles. Farro has a nutty flavor and is high in both protein and fiber. Like some crunch in your soup? Be sure to make the easy homemade crackers flavored with rosemary and Parmesan, the perfect companion to your meal.

With 15 minutes of prep time and just 15 minutes of cooking time, you’ll have a delicious dinner quickly. The recipe makes 4 to 6 servings, so the whole family can enjoy your new skills in the kitchen.

Feeling nervous about baking your own crackers or sautéing onions? Homemade’s expert chefs will provide clear instructions and tips to help you. They’ll even teach you to make pistou, a delicious fresh sauce that gives the soup amazing flavor. Since it’s a live class, you can ask any questions you need to as you go. And if you can’t make it to the live class, you can still watch the video on-demand when it works for your schedule.

Karch will also be available during the class to answer nutrition and dietary questions and to help explain the benefits of these recipes.

Is your mouth already watering? Register now to get the recipe and get ready for the class. After you register, you’ll receive an email with a list of ingredients and instructions. We encourage you to prep and pre-measure ingredients so it’s easy to follow along with the video.

We hope you’ll join us live on Tuesday, February 27 at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET to cook up this nutritious and tasty meal with Homemade and Providence Swedish registered dietitian nutritionist Megann Karch.

And don’t forget, thanks to our partnership with Homemade, you’ll have access to their full library of cooking classes so you can continue to make healthy recipes at home.

Contributing caregiver

Megann Karch is a registered dietitian nutritionist and clinical dietitian with Providence Swedish.

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