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 low FODMAP recipe 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 normally found in the oil section of your local supermarket or you can buy it online. 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 and discard 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 leaves (this is the low FODMAP part), as you can’t use the white/light green leek bulb (this part is high FODMAP). Once you've finished harvesting the leaves place the leek in a glass of water on a window sill and the leaves will reshoot so you can harvest them again.
Choose gluten free pasta, not spelt or wheat based pasta as these can be high FODMAP. Also avoid pasta products that have added high FODMAP ingredients like inulin, soy flour, lupin flour, and amaranth flour.
If some of your household are not low FODMAP or gluten free then you can cook them normal pasta, however make sure you cook it separately.
When selecting your bacon, choose one that isn’t cured using high fructose corn syrup or fructose. Bacon cured using honey is okay - honey has a small low FODMAP serving and the amount of honey used per serving of bacon should be well within low FODMAP guidelines. Please note that if the packet says that the product is 'Manuka Smoked' this is the type of wood used to smoke the bacon and these products are considered low FODMAP.
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 cheese does not include onion, garlic, inulin or coconut flour in the ingredients. Cheddar, Colby, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses made from dairy 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. Massel have a range of low FODMAP, gluten free and vegan stock powders that are certified as low FODMAP. This product can be brought online around the world and is available from some supermarkets. Also check your Monash University FODMAP Diet App or FODMAP Friendly App for additional options. Or use our homemade chicken stock or vegetable stock.
There are no gluten free tips for this recipe.
There are no dairy free tips for this recipe.
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