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Veggie-Packed Minestrone Soup

  • Author: Our Best Bites
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 mintes
  • Total Time: 2 minute
  • Yield: 8 (1.5 cup) servings


This vegie packed and flavorful minestrone soup is perfect for cold winter days!


Minestrone Soup
Recipe slightly adapted from my fab sis-in-law Emily and lots of sources on the net.

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small/medium onion, chopped
1 large carrot, thinly sliced
12 stalks celery, diced
1 small zucchini
45 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 cup frozen French cut green beans
2 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 15-ounce cans white beans like Great Northern or Cannellini
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
32 ounces vegetable broth (that’s 4 cups)
3 cups hot water
1/2 cup ditalini or other small shell pasta
4 cups loosely packed fresh spinach leaves
23 tablespoons fresh minced parsley


Heat a large stock pot to medium high heat.  Add olive oil to coat bottom of pan.  Add onions, carrot, and celery.  Saute 4-5 minutes, until onions start to look translucent.  Add zucchini and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes longer, stirring until garlic is fragrant.  Add green beans, kidney and white beans, tomatoes, and seasonings and stir to combine.  Add broth and water and bring soup to a simmer.  Cover pot and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes, until carrots and celery are tender.  Add pasta and cook until pasta is soft, 8-10 minutes.  (Add additional vegetable broth or water if you feel you need it for preferred consistency.)  Remove pot from heat and stir in spinach and parsley.  Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Yield: 8 servings (1 1/2 cups each)
Nutritional Info: Calories:  250 Protein: 30 g Fat: 1 g Carbs: 68 g