Cozy Winter night Mushrooms & Chickpeas Minestrone

This Mushrooms & Chickpeas Minestrone filled with hearty ingredients is the perfect, easy and quick comfort food for a cozy Winter night. All you need is some chopping and 1 big pot. Make a lot so you can have leftovers for tomorrow night, too.

Cozy Winter night Mushrooms & Chickpeas Minestrone

Even though Winter officially kicks in only in a couple of days, we’ve been having snow for over a month now. Add to that the fact that I’ve been wearing fluffy socks and my favorite comfy sweaters since last month – and all I’ve wanted to do is cook up some cozy foods for cold nights. This soup is inspired by a classic Italian dish, the Minestrone – which is a thicker type of vegetable soup, to which you usually add either pasta or rice, to make it a hearty, nutritious, filling, comfort food.

Cozy Winter night Mushrooms & Chickpeas Minestrone

It’s a simple type of food, that you can tweak according to the vegetables you have at hand and that are in season. It’s also a “frugal” meal born from the need and the habit of not wasting anything, because in the past, it was really made with anything you’d have left in the kitchen. For example, the pasta used in such soups was very often if not always all the broken bits and pieces from other types of pasta: fragments of broken pasta and some leftovers of spaghetti, penne and any other noodle always remained in the bottom of the kitchen drawers. Such broken remains of pasta were then used all together in the soup pot (and even bought at the market for a very cheap price).
That’s why instead of choosing a specific type of pasta, I broke apart some lasagna noodles in assorted sizes. Trust me, the overall result will be better like this!

Cozy Winter night Mushrooms & Chickpeas Minestrone

Mushroom Chickpea Minestrone-ingredients
Did you know… “Some of the earliest origins of minestrone soup pre-date the expansion of the Latin tribes of Rome into what became the Roman Kingdom (later Roman Republic and Empire), when the local diet was “vegetarian by necessity” and consisted mostly of vegetables, such as onions, lentils, cabbage, garlic, broad beans, mushrooms, carrots, asparagus, and turnips” (source: Wikipedia)

Made with just a few simple ingredients, a warm bowl of this chunky minestrone filled with chickpeas, mushrooms, potatoes and herbs, is the perfect solution to a cold night in. For the sake of making this as easy and accessible as possible, my version is the easy & fast one: I used drained & washed canned chickpeas – but you can go the long route and soak and boil yours. This will only require one more step but you’ll have to think about it the day before – chickpeas want a lot of soaking time.


Cozy Winter night Mushrooms & Chickpeas Minestrone

Mushroom Chickpea Minestrone

The only crucial element of the Minestrone, is the temperature at which it’s served: it must not be either too hot straight out of the pot, nor cold. Once cooked, just leave it 5 minutes in the pot so the flavors have enough time to blend.

Mushroom Chickpea Minestrone
Mushrooms & Chickpeas Minestrone
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Made with just a few simple ingredients, a warm bowl of this hearty minestrone filled with chickpeas, mushrooms, potatoes and herbs, is the perfect solution to a cozy Winter night in.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Mushroom Chickpea Minestrone
Mushrooms & Chickpeas Minestrone
Print Recipe
Made with just a few simple ingredients, a warm bowl of this hearty minestrone filled with chickpeas, mushrooms, potatoes and herbs, is the perfect solution to a cozy Winter night in.
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 5 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
25 minutes 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Wash, peel and finely chop the onion, carrot and celery. Finely mince the garlic. Add them to your pot and sauté them in water (or a tbsp of EVO oil if you prefer).
  2. Wash, peel and roughly chop the potatoes in different sizes - some big chunks to bite into, some thin ones that will make the soup creamy. Add them to your pot and let cook for 4/5 minutes.
  3. Pour 2 liters of water in your pot, add the bouillon cube (if using), the chickpeas, mushrooms, bay leaves, garlic powder, pepper, and rosemary. To make it extra-healthy, you can add a tsp of turmeric.
  4. Bring to a boil, then tip in the pasta of your choice (it will cook longer than needed).
  5. Turn off the stove around the 25th minute. Let sit for 5 minutes, then remove and discard the bay leaves, season to taste and serve with a slice of wholewheat bread, fresh sprouts, nutritional yeast or more freshly cracked pepper.
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Cozy Winter night Mushrooms & Chickpeas Minestrone

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Comments

  1. Reply

    So jealous of all that snow you have! And this minestrone looks so yummy and cozy! Pictures are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Reply

      Oh Anna thank you so much for your kind comment, you just *made my day* ♥ happy holidays!

  2. Reply

    This looks like the perfect winter soup! I love mushrooms and chickpeas. Delicious!

    1. Reply

      Hey there Kate, thank you for your comment! This is now officialy my new fave soup for this Winter. Give it a try ;-)

  3. Reply

    I have been eyeing this recipe! This is my kind of soup. I love mushrooms and chickpeas!

    1. Reply

      Hi Amy, I’m so glad you’re into this recipe ♥ Let me know if you try it!

  4. Reply

    A big bowl of this would go down so well right now. We are expecting snow fall anytime and it’s freezing!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Mel! Yes, a warm bowl of soup is a life-saviour during Winter months ♥

  5. Reply

    YUMMY! You had me at soup lol, but I love this twist on classic minestrone. Will definitely be trying!

  6. Reply

    Yum! I love mushroom minestrone. Your recipe looks super simple and delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Reply

    Looks delicious!

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