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Grandpa’s Minestrone Soup

FODMAP safe recipes - Grandpa's Minestrone Soup

In honor of my Grandpa’s 97th birthday, I wanted to make an adaption of one of his favorite dishes, minestrone soup, which I adapted into FODMAP safe recipes. Soups are such a great way to make something delicious and can be so easy to throw together. He also will make soup and bring it over to his friends who live either in nursing homes or live alone as a source of comfort and nourishment.

My Grandpa loves being in the kitchen, messing around, chopping, cooking, baking, etc. What really makes me giggle is on our last trip to Memphis I asked my Grandpa some questions about cooking and he’s so nonchalant about his skills in the kitchen. When my Grandma was alive and as they raised their children, my Grandma and Grandpa held more traditional roles when it came to household responsibilities. My Grandpa doesn’t have much memory of being in the kitchen when my mom was growing up except when it came to helping grate carrots for my Grandma’s famous carrot cake. He would help as my Grandma would not want to damage her nails. My mom also brought up that growing up he would grill on the weekends and on Sunday mornings would make make french toast and read the comics to them…and his reaction was so surprised! He joked that my Grandma had the kids on a tight schedule so by the time he came home, they were almost already in bed. The weekends were where he got to see the kids which my Mom immediately said “that’s not true!” It was so funny hearing the two of them go back and forth.

Over the holidays, I bought my Grandpa an insta pot after he read an article about it in the newspaper and wanted to get my opinion on it. For someone that enjoys soups, stews and hearty meals, I thought this would be the perfect kitchen gadget for him to use. What I love the most is at the age of 97 he’s still wanting to learn and try new things. When we were in town, my brother and I were trying to teach him how simple it is to use but I think he was intimidated by all the gadgets and buttons.

Looking for other easy FODMAP soup recipes? Check out a few of my favorites: roasted butternut squash soup and slow cooker butternut squash & chicken soup.

Celebrating Grandpa's 97th Birthday
Celebrating Grandpa’s 97th Birthday
Sauteing vegetables for soup
Sauteing vegetables for soup
Minestrone Soup Cooking on Stove Top
Minestrone Soup Cooking on the Stove Top
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FODMAP safe recipes - Grandpa's Minestrone Soup

Grandpa’s Minestrone Soup

  • Author: Fit Fab FODMAP
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 32 minutes
  • Total Time: 37 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp green onions, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, roughly diced
  • 1 medium carrot, roughly diced
  • 1 cup green beans, roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 128 oz can of no salt added diced tomatoes (make sure garlic and onion free)
  • 11 4 oz can of crushed tomatoes (make sure garlic and onion free)
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth (make sure FODMAP safe)
  • 114 oz can of chickpeas, washed and rinsed well
  • 1 cup gluten-free pasta of your choice


  1. Heat olive oil to medium-high in a large stockpot.  Add green onions and saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add zucchini and carrots and saute for an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Add green beans, herbs, and salt and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Pour the canned tomatoes and broth to the pot and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add chickpeas and pasta and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  7. Serve hot!

Keywords: FODMAP soup recipes, low FODMAP dinner recipes, low FODMAP minestrone soup

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