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Minestrone Soup Recipe

This easy Minestrone Soup recipe is a hearty dish packed with vegetables, beans, and pasta in a flavorful broth. Because this recipe is a meatless minestrone soup, it works perfectly as a light dinner or a tasty appetizer.

Made quickly with simple ingredients, this soup is perfect for a chilly weeknight when you want something warm and comforting.  

Bowl of Minestrone Soup on wooden serving board.
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This delicious Minestrone Soup is so easy to whip up! I like to chop the veggies in advance or even grab pre-cut ones from the store to make it even quicker. After a little sautéing, the ingredients all go together in the pot to simmer - what could be easier than that? 

I love to serve this soup with a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese and a bit of crusty bread on the side- perfect for dunking in the flavorful broth. 

Best of all, the leftovers are even better the next day, making this a winner for meal prep!

Ingredient Notes

See the printable recipe card below for all ingredients, specific measurements, and complete instructions.

Ingredients to make Minestrone Soup set out on the counter.
  • Olive oil: For sautéing the vegetables.
  • Vegetables like carrots, zucchini, onion, celery, diced tomatoes, and baby spinach make this minestrone soup nutrient dense and colorful. 
  • Great Northern Beans and kidney beans add protein and a creamy texture to the soup. 
  • Elbow pasta (or shell pasta) makes the soup hearty and comforting. 
  • Garlic, oregano, basil, marjoram, and thyme will your bowl with flavor. 
  • Vegetable broth: Forms the flavorful base of the soup.

How To Make This Minestrone Soup Recipe

Carrots, zucchini, onions, and celery in a soup pot.
Diced tomatoes, beans, pasta, vegetable broth, and herbs are added to the soup pot.

Start by heating some olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add in carrots, zucchini, onions, and celery. Keep stirring until they start to soften and the onions become translucent.

Add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Next, add diced tomatoes, both kinds of beans, pasta, vegetable broth, and our herbs – oregano, basil, marjoram, and thyme. Stir it up, cover the pot, and let it simmer until the carrots are tender and the pasta is done.

Minestrone Soup simmering in stockpot.
Spinach added to the Minestrone Soup in stockpot.

Keep an eye on that simmer – we want perfection, not mushiness. Once it's ready, stir in the chopped baby spinach. That's our last-minute addition for a pop of color and extra nutrients.

Minestrone soup is in a large stockpot with a serving spoon.

Ladle it into bowls and sprinkle on some Parmesan for extra flavor. 

Soup Substitutions and Variations

  • Add meat. Add cooked Italian sausage or ground beef to your minestrone for a non-vegetarian version. 
  • Switch the pasta for barley. Make this into a totally different soup with a nutty flavor by switching out the pasta for barley. 
  • Add ricotta. A dollop of ricotta cheese on each serving adds creaminess and richness to the soup. 

Storing and Freezing

Storing: To store Minestrone Soup, let it cool and put it in a sealed container. It will be good in the fridge for about three days. 

Freezing: For longer storage, freeze it. Cool the soup, put it in containers for the freezer, and it'll last two months. Be sure to allow room for expansion in the containers!

Recipe Tips

  • Dried herbs are fine for this recipe. If you’re using fresh, remember to add a bit more since they aren’t quite so potent. 
  • Rinse canned beans under cold water before adding them to the soup. This helps remove excess sodium and prevents it from overpowering the other flavors.
  • Use whatever sort of pasta shape you like- We like elbows or shells, but ditalini is commonly used, too!
  • Feel free to experiment with other veggies based on personal preference or what's in season. Bell peppers, green beans, or even butternut squash can be great additions.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make Minestrone Soup in a slow cooker or Instant Pot?

Sure! For a slow cooker, throw in all the ingredients and let it simmer for 4-6 hours on low. For an Instant Pot, use the sauté function for veggies, then pressure cook for about 5 minutes after adding the remaining ingredients.

What is the difference between Minestrone and vegetable soup?

Minestrone typically includes pasta or rice, making it heartier than a basic vegetable soup. It also includes beans, adding protein and creaminess. 

Can I make a low-sodium version of Minestrone?

Absolutely! Use low-sodium or no-salt-added canned goods and vegetable broth. Amp up the other seasonings to add more flavor without relying on excess salt.

Minestrone Soup in white bowl topped with Parmesan cheese.

If you need more soup ideas for this winter, here are a few of our favorites.

This classic Minestrone Soup recipe is delicious - we love it for Meatless Mondays! I can’t wait for you to try it out!

Serving of Minestrone Soup in a white bowl on a wooden serving board.

Minestrone Soup Recipe

Author: Judy Wilson
This easy Minestrone Soup recipe is a hearty dish packed with vegetables, beans, and pasta in a flavorful broth.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 79 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 6 stalks of celery, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, mined
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can great northern beans
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
  • ½ cup dry elbow or shell pasta
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon marjoram
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil in a soup pot, and add carrots, zucchini, onion, and celery.
  • Sauté, stirring frequently, until vegetables begin to soften and onions are almost translucent.
  • Add the garlic, and sauté another minute.
  • Add diced tomatoes, beans, pasta, vegetable broth, and herbs.
  • Stir, cover, and bring to a simmer.
  • Simmer until carrots are tender and pasta is done. Remove the lid, and stir in the spinach.
  • When spinach has wilted, remove from heat and serve.

Notes

 To store Minestrone Soup, let it cool and put it in a sealed container. It will be good in the refrigerator for up to three days. 

Nutrition

Calories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 516mgPotassium: 335mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3753IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg
The nutritional information provided is approximate and should only be used as a general guideline. It is an estimate that will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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Estelle Forrest

Wednesday 17th of January 2024

This is definitely a hearty soup. Thanks so much for sharing on SSPS, I hope to see you again next week.

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