This is a very easy and filling soup that is packed full of vitamins! (Iron, vitamins K, A, C, B6, E, B2, B1, calcium, fiber, manganese, cooper, potassium, magnesium, folate, protein, beta carotene).
- 2 tablesppons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 medium stalk celery, chopped
- 3 medium carrot, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2-4 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- 6 cups water
- 3 tablespoons of Better Than Bouillon vegetable base or bouillon cubes
- 1 can white beans (cannellini or great northern beans)
- 1 package of gnocchi (any flavor or type that you like)
- 2 cups of kale, chopped
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired
- In a dutch oven, heat EVOO over medium heat. Add celery, carrot, onion and garlic. Cook until crisp-tender. Add salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.
- Stir in water and bouillon. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium, stir in white beans. Cook five minutes, then stir in gnocchi. Simmer about 10 minutes or until gnocchi are tender.
- Stir in kale, cook for 5 minutes. Sprinkle individual servings with cheese if desired.
- Vitamin A helps you to adjust your eyes to light changes, as well as keeping your skin healthier.
- Vitamin B6 helps you convert protein into energy while also improving brain function.
- Vitamin C helps boost your immune system, heal wounds, deters cell damage and also build healthy teeth and gums.
- Copper helps you maintain your cardiovascular and nervous systems.
- Vitamin E helps you maintain your circulatory system, improve your ability to heal and may help women decrease premenstrual syndrome.
- Iron helps transport oxygen in your blood.
- Manganese helps you break down Vitamin B1 and Vitamin E. It also helps you to break down excess amino acids and produce energy by breaking down fat and cholesterol.
- Beta-carotene helps neutralize free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that can damage and destroy cells and tissues, including those in your skin. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid that your body converts into vitamin A, or retinol.
- Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis.
- Potassium is necessary for balancing the pH of your body and for keeping fluids in balance as well, so it’s important for normal blood pressure regulation. Potassium is also needed for muscle growth, and for nervous system and brain function.
- Vitamin B1, also known as thiamin, helps fuel your body by converting blood sugar into energy. It keeps your mucous membranes healthy and is essential for nervous system, cardiovascular and muscular function.
- Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, helps protect cells from oxygen damage, support cellular energy production and maintain your supply of other B vitamins.