It's simple, inexpensive and easy to make.
A family that lives in Sardinia, Italy eats this minestrone soup every day for lunch - and they happen to hold the record for longest lifespans.
In the new book The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People, author Dan Buettner has compiled the eating habits of the world's healthiest and longest-living people in the hopes that readers can adopt the diets for themselves. One such diet is the Sardinian family's soup recipe, which they spice up by changing which garnishing ingredients go in each day.
The soup contains tomatoes and carrots, which in turn contain lycopene and carotenoids; studies have shown that they respectively help to stave off cancer and boosting immunity.
The soup is easy and inexpensive to make, with a base of beans and fregula (a toasted semolina pasta that's popular in Sardinia - let's face it, no one knows pasta better than Italians). The soup can be time-consuming though, clocking in at 1.5 hours of prep and cook time. Correlation does not equal causation, but hey, who doesn't love a good minestrone soup?
You can get the recipe here, courtesy of TODAY. Happy souping!