Low FODMAP minestrone makes the perfect lunch or a light dinner! This minestrone soup is packed full of flavour and uses low FODMAP canned chickpeas instead of traditional high FODMAP beans. To make this dish vegetarian just leave out the bacon.
Note on canned chickpeas & celery: Canned chickpeas are low FODMAP because the GOS and fructans are water soluble, and they leach out of the chickpeas and into the water. Just make sure you rinse the chickpeas well before using. Celery is low FODMAP in small 12g serves. The amount of celery in this recipe is low FODMAP per serve.
Garlic infused oil is found in the oil section of your local supermarket. It should be clear with no floating bits of garlic. You can also make garlic infused oil at home by frying garlic cloves in cooking oil, until they are golden and fragrant (then remove the garlic before you continue cooking your meal). This is a low FODMAP way to capture the garlic flavour as the fructans can't leach into the oil.
Make sure you buy a leek that has long green tips (this is the low FODMAP part), as you can’t use the white/light green leek bulb (this part is high FODMAP).
Choose gluten free pasta, not spelt or wheat based pasta as these can be high FODMAP, and check for added high FODMAP ingredients link inulin, soy flour, lupin flour, and amaranth flour. If some of your family are not low FODMAP or gluten free you can cook them normal pasta, however make sure you cook it separately.
When selecting your bacon, choose one that isn’t cured using honey or other high FODMAP sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup, fructose or agave syrup. Please note that if the packet says that the product is 'Manuka Smoked' this is the type of wood used to smoke the bacon not actual honey, however please check the packet for other high FODMAP ingredients mentioned above.
Buy chickpeas canned in water or brine (the oligosaccharides will leach into the liquid, which reduces the FODMAP content). Make sure you rinse the chickpeas well in water before using.
Check the vegan soy based cheese does not include onion, garlic or coconut flour in the ingredients. Cheddar, Colby, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses are all low FODMAP.
Choose plain canned tomatoes with no added herbs or spices. Check there is no added onion or garlic.
Choose a stock that does not include onion or garlic. We prefer to use Massel Chicken Stock Cube 7's (in the yellow & blue packet). This product is low FODMAP, gluten free and vegan (despite it's name) and each packet makes 7 cups of stock. This product can be brought online around the world and is available from some supermarkets.
If you are highly sensitive to gluten, check all packaged products, processed meat (like bacon), nuts, seeds and dried fruit do not contain a warning for trace gluten. If you are just on the low FODMAP diet you do not need to worry about this.