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Minestrone Soup

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Classic Minestrone soup with a tomato vegetable broth base and loaded to the max with fresh veggies, beans, and tender pasta. Simmer with some spices and you have a delicious & healthy bowl of soup for dinner.

Classic Minestrone soup with a tomato vegetable broth base and loaded to the max with fresh veggies, beans, and tender pasta. Simmer with some spices and you have a delicious & healthy bowl of soup for dinner.

Β If you follow me on Instagram you maybe saw my announcement yesterday! I’m pregnant with baby #4! That is the reason things have been a bit slow here on the blog. Every pregnancy I have had severe morning sickness, to the point where I can’t even look at food, and this pregnancy was no different. So the reason there were no posts on the blog is because I did not cook for about 3 months. I would walk into the kitchen and immediately get sick from all the spice smells; like the garlic and onion. Sounds strange but it was bad. I was living off Zofran, pickles, and cranberry juice!

My poor husband was a trooper and he kept the kids alive and fed πŸ™‚

Classic Minestrone soup with a tomato vegetable broth base and loaded to the max with fresh veggies, beans, and tender pasta. Simmer with some spices and you have a delicious & healthy bowl of soup for dinner.

Β Anyways, we just got back from vacation and that meant driving the long ways home. We were crazy and decided to drive from Maryland to Utah and then back again. That meant a lot of stopping at fast food to eat some not so yummy and “real” food. All I wanted when I came back was a huge bowl of fresh vegetables and fruit.

And because we were traveling with 3 kids, every time we asked them where they wanted to eat they would yell out “McDonalds!” I would scream inside a little. I just can’t eat there. Only the fries are tolerable for me. So we usually ended up stopping at two places. Normally I would not do that, but we were right in the middle of like a 3 day road trip so I was willing to pretty much do anything to keep them happy at that point πŸ™‚

Classic Minestrone soup with a tomato vegetable broth base and loaded to the max with fresh veggies, beans, and tender pasta. Simmer with some spices and you have a delicious & healthy bowl of soup for dinner.

That’s where this minestrone soup comes in. What better way to get all those fresh vegetables than in a delicious soup. The base is a vegetable broth + tomato base, tons of fresh veggies, beans, and some pasta. It was just what we needed after a few days of not eating so good.Β I also love this soup because it makes a ton and those leftovers are perfect for a repeat dinner or for lunch for the next several days.

This minestrone soup is loaded to the max with all kinds of good stuff. Lots of herbs, beans, carrots, zucchini, tomato, onion, and spinach. If you love veggie loaded soups then you also need to try out this vegetable soup too.Β 

Classic Minestrone soup with a tomato vegetable broth base and loaded to the max with fresh veggies, beans, and tender pasta. Simmer with some spices and you have a delicious & healthy bowl of soup for dinner.

Β Next time I make this I probably won’t add the spinach. I loved it, but I’ll be honest and say that when my kids saw the spinach they acted as if I had put dog food in front of them to eat for dinner. It did not go over well πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoy! Thanks for sticking with me and I promise lots of good food is coming!

5 from 1 vote
Classic Minestrone soup with a tomato vegetable broth base and loaded to the max with fresh veggies, beans, and tender pasta. Simmer with some spices and you have a delicious & healthy bowl of soup for dinner.
Minestrone Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Classic Minestrone soup with a tomato vegetable broth base and loaded to the max with fresh veggies, beans, and tender pasta. Simmer with some spices and you have a delicious & healthy bowl of soup for dinner.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 134 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 white onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup carrots sliced thin
  • 1 cup celery sliced thin
  • 2 zucchini chopped (peeled if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (28 oz) petite diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 3 cans (15.75 oz each) vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt more or less to preference
  • 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 cup spinach leaves about 1-2 handfuls
  • 1 1/2 cups shell pasta
Instructions
  1. Melt butter and olive oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let cook for 8-10 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, basil, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir together and let come to a low boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat to medium and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add spinach and dried pasta shells. Let cook until pasta is done.
  4. Taste and add more salt or other spices if wanted.

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  • Reply
    Katie Black
    July 13, 2016 at 6:57 pm I LOVE minestrone soup! The recipe I usually use also has garbanzo beans in it and I love the flavor and texture they add, you should throw some of those in sometime! I've never tried spinach in it, I'll have to try that, but my kids might give the same reaction as yours... :)
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      Together As Family
      July 13, 2016 at 9:13 pm Hey Katie :) I've never tried garbanzo beans. That's one of the reasons I love minestrone soup is how versatile it is. Change out beans, swap or leave out some veggies.
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    Teri
    January 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm How many people does this feed?
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      Together As Family
      January 14, 2017 at 8:07 pm It makes quite a bit. I would guess it would feed 8 people a good size portion each.
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    Chriss
    August 31, 2017 at 5:23 pm Thanks for the great recipe; it's delicious!
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      Together As Family
      September 1, 2017 at 4:49 pm You're very welcome! So glad you enjoy it. Such a comforting soup :)
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    Chevis
    September 2, 2017 at 8:50 pm This was delicious! Definitely a top ten for sure! I used Kale instead of spinach and added a second can of beans. This will be a weekly rotation for fall and winter meals! Thanks so much!
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      Together As Family
      September 3, 2017 at 8:55 pm So good to hear! I love that you used kale. I've never thought of that but I think I'll do that when I make it next time. Thanks for coming back to let me know :)
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    Seulke
    September 21, 2017 at 4:13 pm What a great soup my whole family enjoyed it they want me to make more I've been looking for a good minestrone soup and I finally found it
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      Together As Family
      September 22, 2017 at 4:03 pm Awesome. So happy to hear this!
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    staci
    September 29, 2017 at 9:59 pm Kids and spinach. Lots of kidlets like/love the baked cheesy melty spinach dip. If yours do, remind them it's the same green stuff that makes the dip so good. :D
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      Together As Family
      September 29, 2017 at 10:21 pm Good idea! Mine do love that dip so I will try that. It's weird how kids will eat something prepared one way but not another. Oh well, I just keep trying and hopefully eventually they'll learn to like it :)
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    Diane
    October 20, 2017 at 5:36 pm I added garbanzo beans (we call them cece in Italian) because I like their texture in soups and only had large elbows on hand which worked well. Swapped kale for spinach. The broth was pretty tomato-y until I added some more stock. I got six 13-oz servings for the freezer and more for dinner. Thank you so much.
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      Together As Family
      October 23, 2017 at 5:03 pm I love that you used garbanzo beans. I have swapped the beans for garbanzo as well in this recipe. This is recipe is so adaptable which makes it great because you can customize it to your liking. Thanks for stopping by :)
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    Jen
    October 25, 2017 at 5:38 pm Is the broth in the recipe a total of 15.75 oz, or is each can 15.75 oz?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      October 25, 2017 at 9:18 pm Each can :) I will clarify that in the recipe.
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    Lauren
    November 5, 2017 at 8:31 pm Yum! Made this and it was a hit. I used kidney beans plus another can of white cannelli beans. I will be trying kale next time. Soooo delicious! Thanks for sharing.
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      Together As Family
      November 5, 2017 at 9:02 pm So glad you loved it Lauren! I interchange the beans all the time. So yummy! kale sounds like a delicious addition. Thanks for coming back to let me know :)
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    Melissa
    December 11, 2017 at 12:43 am I was wondering if you have ever tried freezing the left overs? It's just my husband and myself so it would be way to much for us.
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      Together As Family
      December 12, 2017 at 1:42 pm This does freeze really well. I put extras in Ziploc freezer bags. The recipe does make a lot, so if it's just two then you would definitely want to freeze it :) Enjoy!
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    Renee
    January 23, 2018 at 1:38 pm This is delicious.
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      January 25, 2018 at 10:27 pm So good to hear. Thank you!!
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    Alicia
    February 1, 2018 at 7:02 pm I just made this for dinner and it was amazing! I made it with lentil pasta. Totally hit the spot!! Thanks :)
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      February 4, 2018 at 7:28 pm Awesome! So happy to hear you enjoyed this. Lentil pasta sounds delicious. Thanks for coming back to leave your comment and rating :)
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    Ashley
    February 3, 2018 at 11:48 am I can't wait to try this recipe! As someone who is looking to have a healthy soup that is easy and tasty when counting calories, what is your serving size? I saw at the top that you have "serves 10" and then the calories per serving. Would you say each serving is about 1 cup? Thanks!
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      Together As Family
      February 4, 2018 at 7:25 pm Yes, about 1 cup per serving. The nutrition facts and serving size are all relative as I am not a dietitian or anything like that, but it does give you an idea of calories, etc.
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    Kathy
    February 12, 2018 at 11:01 pm I made this the other day and it is delicious. I added some sweet Italian sausage to it and it was really good. My husband said it's the best minestrone soup he's ever had! Thanks for sharing!
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      Marty
      August 21, 2018 at 7:17 pm I liked the idea of the sausage. I tripled this recipe, but then separated it into thirds, kept one as is, then added about a pound of cooked sausage to the second pot, about a pound of semi-shredded cooked chicken breast to the last pot. Liked them all and lots left for the freezer that way (I'm single.) Stored and labeled the leftovers in 24 oz stackable Glad-syle containers.
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    Gretchen Doyle
    February 22, 2018 at 8:50 pm Has anyone tried this in the crockpot? I love throwing soup in the crockpot and letting it cook all day!
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    Cathy Solivan
    March 14, 2018 at 11:24 am This soup was very good! It says that It makes 10 servings..how big is each serving?
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      Together As Family
      March 21, 2018 at 10:21 pm I am not a fan of adding servings (but the recipe card I use makes me...) because I just never know as everyone has different ideas about a serving. The recipe makes a lot of soup and I figure each serving is about 1.5 cups, give or take.
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    Kate
    March 25, 2018 at 8:47 am This is great minestrone! I added a can of small white beans in place of the pasta! It's the second time I've made it! Perfect! Thank you
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    Marty
    August 21, 2018 at 6:48 pm I'm a single 65 yr old man and have always loved all kinds of hearty soups. Minestrone is one of my favorites. I make big kettles of things and then freeze and stack the leftovers in 24 oz Glad storage containers. But I label and date each container on the side using masking tape. I rent rooms in my home and most of my renters like this kind of thing too, too. I provide them (and me!) with a good variety of soups, chili, stews etc so anyone can just pop a container in the microwave and 6-8 minutes later have a home-cooked meal! I just charge my renters what it costs to make these meals, basically under $2.00 each for most of them so I round it up to $2.00 and everyone is happy and I get "paid" a little for the shopping, prep and cleanup . I kept this minestrone soup recipe almost the same as posted but I used okra from my garden for half the zucchini and didn't add either of those until towards then end to keep them from getting soggy. I did have a can of garbonzo beans on hand so threw that in too. Just delicious! Thanks for good recipe! Pictures looked great too.
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      Together As Family
      August 23, 2018 at 7:55 pm Hi Marty! What a wonderful idea because who doesn't love a home cooked meal. I bet your renters love it. So glad you enjoy this soup, it's one of my personal favorites. Thanks so much for coming back to leave your kind comment. Take care.
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    Carlen
    September 25, 2018 at 4:53 pm Just wanted to say that this is one of my absolute favorite things to make. So yummy and comforting and I love that it’s a a healthier soup. It’s perfect for fall and cold winter nights.... but basically also anytime of year because it is so good! I think I’ll be cooking it for my family for many years to come :-)
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      Together As Family
      September 28, 2018 at 1:41 pm So happy to hear this! Thank you :)
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    Karen Johnson
    December 10, 2018 at 7:10 pm This soup was absolutely delicious! It tasted better than anything Progresso or Cambells put in a can and labeled Minestrone. I did make a few changes though: I halved the amounts of zucchini and pasta; and added a can of garbanzo beans, a potato, a handful of frozen string beans; and added my "go-to" soup spices: garlic powder, onion powder, coriander, smoked paprika, and cumin. My entire family loved it. This soup will most definitely be made SEVERAL times this winter. Thanks for the recipe.
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