Street Vegan + Minestrone Soup Recipe (A Cookbook Review)

by - May 18, 2015

If you've been following along with my posts, then you've probably noticed that I'm a little obsessed with cookbooks. Ok, maybe more than a little. I can't help it, I just enjoy cooking so much. I would cook and bake 24/7 if I could. I also just love the feeling of rubbing my hands across a shiny and beautiful new cookbook. It's a little weird, I know.

My new cookbook is completely vegan and it's called Street Vegan . It's by Adam Sobel, the man behind The Cinnamon Snail which is a food truck that sells all vegan food. The pictures alone are drool worthy and you don't have to feel guilty when treating yourself to some of these insanely delicious recipes!

I chose to make the minestrone soup, which was so, so delicious by the way and I've also compiled a list of my favorite recipes from this book and I'm going to share them with you!

Fried Dandelion Greens W/ Lemon Garlic Potatoes

Dandelions might not seem like something that would go in a dish, but if seasoned and cooked the right way, they can bring a nice and unique flavor to any dish.

New England Style Chickpea "Crab" Cakes W/ Lemon Dijon Tartar Sauce

I can't wait to try these!

Cinnamon Snails

These are the famous cinnamon snails recipe from the Cinnamon Snail food truck!

Red Wine Minestrone W/ Swiss Chard & Pearl Onions

This is the recipe I made myself and I kid you not, It was freakin delicious!

This soup was so hearty, flavorful and delicious and that's what I love about these recipes, they don't taste like a lot of food you buy that's supposed to be vegan or vegetarian, which usually tastes like cardboard.

If you had told me a few years ago that I would like vegan food, I would say that you were crazy. I have to admit though, I'm still a meat eater but with this cookbook I feel like I could be converted to vegan only with a little more testing out of these recipes.

This cookbook covers every category of recipes from breakfast, beverages, appetizers, soups, sandwiches, to cinnamains, veggies & sides, desserts, donuts, and a separate section for sauces and condiments. I do have to say the one downside to this cookbook is that a lot of recipes have ingredients that can only be found at specialty stores.

I will leave the recipe for Red Wine Minestrone below in case you want to try it yourself. I hope you enjoyed my review, and don't forget to pick up your copy of Street Vegan!

Which recipe would you like to try? Are you a vegan or Vegetarian? Let me know in the comments below!

Red Wine Minestrone

Recipe Type: Vegan

Author: Adam Sobel


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 16 small pearl onions, peeled

  • 1 small yellow onion, diced

  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped

  • 3 cups vegetable broth

  • 2 cups red wine

  • one 28 oz can diced tomatoes, with juice

  • 1 cup pasta (ditalini, or small elbows, or shells)

  • 1 cup cooked and drained pinto beans

  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 tsp dried thyme

  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

  • 1 bunch Swiss Chard, stems removed, chopped

  • Sea Salt (to taste)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium- high heat.

  2. Add the pearl onions and cook, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes, until the outsides are lightly browned.

  3. Add the diced onions, celery, garlic, and carrot and continue to saute for 4 to 5 minutes to sweat the vegetables.

  4. Add the broth, red wine, and diced tomatoes to the pot and raise the heat to high.

  5. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook for about 4 minutes, so that the pasta is still not yet fully cooked.

  6. Stir in the beans, red pepper flakes, thyme, oregano, basil, and Swiss chard and continue to cook for about 2 minutes, until the pasta is cooked al dente.

  7. Salt to taste.

** I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

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  1. Oh wow, everything really does look yummy and wholesome. I'm definitely a meat eater, but not a heavy one. I prefer lots of pasta, veggies and just a little bit of meat. I couldn't see myself going vegan, yet I could see myself trying out a lot of these recipes, especially on meatless days that I like to incorporate in our meal plan. Your dish looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Dana Brillante-PellerMay 18, 2015 at 6:56 AM

    I am a huge soup nut and that minestrone looks divine!

  3. That fried dandelion greens recipe looks great. I also am a huge fan of minestrone soup!

  4. Wow the pictures in those recipes are making me hungry! Great post!

  5. That soup looks amazing!!! I eat gluten-free and paleo, so I am always looking for mostly clean recipes and I can modify this one:)

  6. OMGeee Im sharing this recipe with my Sister in Law. She is vegan and is always making yummy soups. Im scared they wont turn out good if I make them. lol

  7. I love cookbooks with beautiful photos! These all look good and make the idea of Vegan Eating much more appealing!

  8. Yum, yum, yum!! Most of the recipes look so delicious that I wouldn't think twice about the missing meat.

  9. That minestrone you made looks aweeeesome! <3 I'm with you--I never thought I'd like vegan food either (still a meat eater over here too!), but my goodness, all the recipes in this book looked so good. We should make them all! (When we're rich and have access to specialty stores!) :D!!!

  10. You had me at donuts and raw brownies - yum!

  11. I have this book too, I'm slowly going through it and trying out different recipes. The desserts in this book look amazing. I haven't made any yet but I have plans to do so.

  12. Abundant JourneysMay 20, 2015 at 11:58 AM

    Yum on the minestrone! Great photos and thanks for introducing this book to us all.

  13. Thanks so much Nicole! I really was so delicious! :)

  14. I know, right?!? I'll probably be making those next :)

  15. I can't help but brag lol but that soup was really good :)

  16. Thank you Gema! It wasn't too hard to make, I think the hardest part is finding the ingredients to some of these recipes :)

  17. It was Aimee! If you try it let me know how it comes out! :)

  18. They really do, and I wasn't that into vegan food before, but with this cookbook I feel like I would like to eat more of these types of foods :)

  19. My dad ate some of it and he said that he would add some type of beef to it, but it was so good without the beef. :)

  20. Tell me about it Farrah! Some of those other recipes I wanted to make so bad, but I had a hard time finding the ingredients for them. :)

  21. That's the way I do it too Felecia, one recipe at a time :)