Spinach White Bean Minestrone with Zoodles

Written by chanie on August 4th, 2014

If you bother to read my silly little musings on my blog, you probably notice that I mostly talk about food. I don’t get into the nitty gritty of my family life because I figure if you’re here for the food, that’s probably what you want to read about. Of course there are bloggers that spill the beans like an open book, but I view my family life as sacred and it’s something I mostly like to keep to myself. I’m sure you can all appreciate that.

Ah, who am I kidding? The truth is, I like to keep up the facade that my life is all about eating fabulous food and taking cool pictures, when in fact, I’m really balancing my baby on one hip while trying to find my spatula in a sink full of dirty dishes and trying to fit my tripod somewhere between a mountain of toys in the playroom (where my “studio” is).

That’s really what a photoshoot is all about anyway – setting the scene. You’d never imagine this beautiful bowl of soup was sitting on a tray next to a white board held up by a gigantic firetruck, opposite shelves of board games with missing pieces and legos scattered by my feet. THIS my friends, is the real Busy In Brooklyn :)

Now back to our regular programming – the food! This chock-full-of-flavor soup is a lightened up version of my original minestrone, which includes pasta and potatoes. In this white bean version (the original used chickpeas), I used my spiralizer to create “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) to take the place of the pasta, and I omitted the potatoes and celery. I also made things easier with frozen spinach, instead of fresh, for a satisfying meal-in-a-bowl that’s not as heavy as the original. If you’re a fan of my minestrone (and lots of you are!), then go ahead and try this one and let me know how it measures up!

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  1. Leah says:

    Wow this soup was a hit! Beyond delicious, so full of flavor.

  2. Thanks for this recipe. Can’t wait to try it. What a great idea to use zucchini spirals instead of pasta.

  3. Aww, I thought we were going to get to see a picture of the photo shoot scene! Next time?

  4. Loving those zoodles, and what a great idea to add them to a soup instead of real noodles.

  5. This looks so so delicious!! I am visiting NY staying in a super small place and I think this is what I need to eat and make in my new place!!

  6. Chaya says:

    Hi Chanie, Just want to let you know that my family loves this soup! And it’s so quick and easy to make! Thnak you!

  7. Yehudis says:

    Does this freeze well?

  8. Stanp says:


    I was scrolling down recipes and this one caught my eye because I’m a soup lover and the interesting twist of Zoodles instead of Noodles…have to watch my carbs.

    As much as I enjoy soup, my wife is on the other end of the taste spectrum. If I minimize the amount of broth so it comes out more like a stew than soup…would that work ?

    Any suggestions ?

  9. leah says:

    if i want to serve it friday night is it ok if i don’t serve it immediately??

  10. Morgan says:

    Can I use fresh spinach instead of frozen? If yes how much ? Sounds delish! Can’t wait to make it!

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