Minestrone Soup


Minestrone Soup – Paleo, Whole 30


I filmed myself while I made this recently and I have tried to make it into a video, but holy moly, my brain does not work that way!  I’ll get it started but then something goes screwy and I spend the next 4 hours trying to solve the problem.  It’s ridiculous y’all but I’ll get it figured out and post it once I do.  In the meantime, I wanted you to have this recipe so you could make it while it is still cold outside and the perfect soup weather!  I don’t know about you, but once the temperature outside is anywhere near 70 degrees, soup just doens’t sound very appealing.  But when it is cold and raining, which is how our winter is going here in Tennessee, that is perfect weather for curling up with a piping hot bowl of soupy goodness!

This soup does have bacon so it is not entirely vegetable-based.  It also has chicken bone broth but you could always omit the bacon and use vegetable broth, but then it wouldn’t be my MIL’s soup.  You do you.  She was always very liberal with the exact vegetables she used and so am I.  If you look at the recipe I put various options and ratios in parentheses.  I use making this soup as a great way to clear out any vegetables that may be slightly past their prime.  You know the ones, you don’t exactly want to eat them raw or serve them as a side dish, but cooking until soft in a soup is a perfectly great idea for those beauties.  Just pay attention to the MAX line if you are using an InstantPot.  I always stay at least 2 cups below.

Feel free to jump to the recipe below, but I’m going to drop some knowledge on why this soup is so awesome first.  First of all, do you eat all 9 servings of veggies you are supposed to every day?  What?! (imagine my shocked expression) Not many of us do.  Vegetable soup is a wonderfully delicious way to get in several servings of veggies.  Phytonutrients? check. Fiber? check. Collagen? check!  What, you didn’t know that collagen is AMAZING for you?  Besides being super important for skin elasticity and joint health, collagen plays a role in repairing your gut lining (ever heard of leaky gut?), it can boost the efficiency of your liver which in turns helps you flush toxins out of your system and it can rev up your metabolism by helping build lean muscle mass!  But wait, I didn’t list collagen as an ingredient!  Yes I did, it is hidden in the bone broth!  That is why looking for a high-quality bone broth is so important.  You could use stock or broth but those are made with the meat and not the bones which is where the collagen is located.   With that being said, bone broth is quite a bit more expensive, so as always – buy the very best ingredients you can.  Read labels, if you can’t pronounce it, it is not food.  Put it back on the shelf.  I used to buy dried beans and cook them in big batches to freeze in recipe friendly amounts because 1. it’s cheaper that way and 2. I didn’t live near a grocery store that carried a brand with a label that didn’t have preservatives and other words I couldn’t pronounce.  Times have changed rapidly and it is easy to find clean canned goods at a good price.  Just read to make sure.  And lastly, I forgot to add this when I made the video, but if you or your family likes parmesean cheese – save the rind!  Yes, really! It’s a wonderful way to add that 5th flavor – unami, look it up if you are unfamiliar.  We always have a hunk of parm in the fridge and when it’s finished, I freeze the rind for soups.  If you don’t eat parm that way, your grocery store may sell the rinds to you.  I sometimes see them in bags next to the hunks of fresh cheese.  While not necessary, it does add an extra layer of goodness.  Please note:  adding this rind technically makes this NOT PALEO or WHOLE30.  

Now on to the recipe!


Servings 8-10/prep time: 30 min/cook time: 30 min


5 strips of bacon – chopped

1 onion – diced

3 garlic cloves – diced

2 cups celery – diced (5-6 medium stalks)

1 cup carrots – diced (2 medium carrots)

½ small cabbage – chopped (2 handfuls coleslaw mix)

½ small cauliflower – chopped (2 cups pre chopped from a bag)

1 zucchini – diced

1 16 oz can of diced tomatoes

1 16 oz. can of tomato sauce

1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

2 16 oz. cans of kidney beans

2 16 oz cans of garbanzo beans

2 cups of bone broth – I use chicken

1 parmesean cheese rind – not necessary but gives the soup an added layer of yumminess, also will render this soup not paleo or whole30 if you are following a strict protocol.


Instant Pot directions:

  1. Chop everything and have it ready to go.
  2. Press ‘sauté’ on the IP and once hot add the bacon. Once it has rendered most of the fat and is starting to brown, begin adding in the other ingredients.  Stir and let each addition soften before adding in the next.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, seasoning, half the beans and all the broth. Give everything a good stir.  If there is room, add more of your beans until you reach between 10-12 cups on the side of the inner liner.  Do not go all the way to ‘max’ when working with something that is very liquid like soup.
  4. Press ‘cancel’ then place the lid on top and secure. Make sure the knob on top is in the ‘sealing’ position.  Press ‘manual’ and press the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ buttons until 5 minutes is on the display.
  5. Once the IP is finished coming to pressure and finished cooking, press ‘cancel’. Let the pressure come down naturally, or after a few minutes flip the knob to the ‘venting’ position. Make sure your arm is covered and away from the direction of the steam.
  6. After it has come off pressure you can remove the lid and adjust the seasonings to your liking.

Slow Cooker (6 quart or larger) directions:

  1. Fry the bacon in a skillet until the fat is rendered and the bacon is beginning to get crispy.  Use a slotted spoon to move the bacon to the cooker leaving the bacon fat in the skillet.
  2. Sauté the onions until translucent and then add the garlic sautéing for a 1-2 minutes more, then transfer the onions and garlic to the slow cooker.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker and give it a good stir.
  4. Set the slow cooker for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
  5. Once the soup is done and the veggies are tender, adjust your seasonings and serve.

Stovetop directions:

  1. Over medium heat, fry the bacon until it is just beginning to get crispy.
  2. Add each ingredient in order, stirring and giving each one time to soften and cook down a little before adding the next.
  3. Once you get to the tomato products, increase the heat to medium high/high and add each one. Give everything a good stir and let it come to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, cover the soup pot and reduce the heat to low or wherever a pot that size will simmer on your stove.  
  4. Let simmer for 60-90 minutes or until the veggies are soft. Adjust your seasonings and serve.

Dawn Giammalvo

After hearing about Pilates for a few years and even working out on an in-home reformer, Dawn decided to attend her first Pilates class in 2005. Little did she know that her life would be changed that day and the path to Fitlosophy would begin. Her instructor; who not only trained with Joseph Pilates but is also a physical therapist, pointed out that she had scoliosis. No doctor had ever diagnosed her with that before even though she had been dealing with back pain for over a decade. With the help of her instructor, she learned the principles behind Pilates and what she needed to do to relieve her pain and build her strength.

What is a Health Coach?

Health and wellness coaches partner with clients seeking self-directed, lasting changes, aligned with their values, which promote health and wellness and, thereby, enhance well-being. In the course of their work health and wellness coaches display unconditional positive regard for their clients and a belief in their capacity for change, and honoring that each client is an expert on his or her life while ensuring that all interactions are respectful and non-judgmental.

What’s The Big Deal About A National Certification for Health Coaching?

Coaching has been around for a long time, there are sports coaches, career coaches, life coaches, and nutrition coaches, and in the past 10 years health coaches have come on the scene. There were never any guidelines as to who could call themselves a coach. You can choose to coach your child’s baseball team and suddenly you are a coach.

Black Friday through Cyber Monday Gifties and Discounts!

I am frequently asked what are my favorite products because my clients and friends know that I have been trying to clean up all the things I use in my home as well as what I put in and on my body for years now. I am always trying new products, but all of the products listed below are tried and true favorites. I hope you enjoy checking these out and hopefully get some Christmas shopping done as well!

Perfect Butternut Squash Soup

well y’all, i am not a food blogger, nor do i play one on tv, but this is a tasty soup! it has gotten pretty chilly here, and we even had a few snowflakes the other day, so that means it is time to make soup. last winter, i came up with this recipe after all the butternut squash soup recipes i found included apples or something sweet, and i just wasn’t feeling it. feel free to skip to the end if you just want the recipe – because sometimes life moves too fast to read all the things.

Thermography – A Tool for Early Breast Cancer Detection

Improving Our Chances to Catch Breast Cancer Early and SurviveWe all know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; we’ve been hearing that for years. We are more than aware of breast cancer. We all know someone or know of someone who has had it or is currently fighting it. 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Vitamin D and Your Immune System

Vitamin D boosts your immune system and lowers inflammation. Inflammation is what leads to more significant difficulties in fighting Covid. Studies have shown an increased chance of getting COVID with lower than optimal vitamin D levels. Update – As summarized by NewsWise: “New data from a recent study indicates that active forms of Vitamin D can inhibit the replication and expansion of Covid-19.

5 Ways to Fire Up Your Metabolism and Keep It That Way!

Metabolism can be defined as the process by which our bodies convert what we eat and drink into the energy we need to fuel all the basic automatic processes like breathing and cell division as well as the energy needed to walk, run and all the other activities we choose to do. Metabolism tends to slow with age making it easier to add on a few pounds and difficult to get them back off again.

Why am I starting a new career as a Health Coach?

The answer is long and not fully known by most people, but I thought it fitting that I put it into words in this first blog post so that you understand my motivation and maybe will decide to work with me one day. I warn you this is on the long side, but I promise future posts will be much shorter

Why Disposable Masks May Be Doing You and the Environment More Harm Than Good

This post is NOT a pro or anti-mask rant, everyone made their decisions long ago about the efficacy of masks. This is hopefully an eye-opening look at the dark side of disposable masks. After reading this post, I hope you will strive to make healthier choices about the masks you decide to wear. Better for you and better for the environment. Because disposable masks truly are doing more harm than good.

Minestrone Soup

Soup, my goodness how I love a good bowl of soup and this is one of my favorites! my mother-in-law gave this recipe to me years ago and until I went digital, it was the most stained and ragged little index card you ever did see. That, by the way, is how you know that there is magic written on that recipe card! you know what I am talking about.

Easy Ways to Get Better Sleep Tonight!

if you are having trouble sleeping or you are not waking up rested and refreshed, consider trying some of these suggestions and see if it helps. I look forward to hearing about your experiences!

Thanksgiving Dinner: Healthier Subs that Taste Amazing!

There you have it! The first recipe roundup I’ve ever at Fitlosophy! I hope you have found it helpful and it has made your Thanksgiving prep a little easier! Make sure all the things on your table will make your body happy and not make you feel ill so that you can enjoy the day, and then most importantly, enjoy this day with your loved ones. Eat all the things – without guilt. Laugh, love, and cherish what is most important. Until next time friends, take care and stay well!

New Year’s Resolutions

Today is the day, this is the year you are going to make all those changes you want to make in your life! Have you said that to yourself before? How did it work out? Want to learn some easy steps to make this year different? To actually make and KEEP those changes? Read on….


Gain a fresh perspective on healthy living.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.