Minestrone Soup

Minestrone is a thick soup of Italian origin containing assorted vegetables, beans, pasta, and herbs in a vegetable broth.....

It is a very healthy soup....This is my family's favorite soup and great for all parties and occasions....I have made it fully vegetarian by adding vegetable broth....I serve this with some store bought garlic biscuit.....

I saute all the vegetable and simmer it in the tomato juice with vegetable broth.....And flavor it with the some herbs.....I also add Parmesan cheese for some silkiness.....To add some body to the soup I add canned beans which is the traditional ingredient in minestrone soup......One of the special feature in this soup is that the pasta is cooked in the soup and the pasta absorbs all the flavor in the soup.....

Ingredients :

Diced tomatoes - 2 (15 ounce) cans
Red kidney beans, drained - 1 can (15 ounce)
Small white beans, drained - 1 can (15 ounce)
Vegetable broth - 4 cups (recipe follows)
White onions - 1 cup minced
Zucchini - 1/2 cup chopped
Italian green beans - 1/2 cup
Celery - 1/4 cup minced
Garlic - 4 teaspoons minced
Carrots, julienned or shredded - 1/2 cup
Minced fresh parsley - 2 tablespoons
Dried oregano - 1 1/2 teaspoons
Ground black pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
Dried basil - 1/2 teaspoon
Dried thyme - 1/4 teaspoon
Hot water - 3 cups
Fresh baby spinach - 4 cups
Small shell pasta - 1/2 cup
Salt 1 1/2 teaspoons
Olive oil - 3 tablespoons
Parmesan cheese - 1/4 cup

Procedure :

1. Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.

2. Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.

3. Add vegetable broth to pot, plus tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water, and spices.

4. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

5. Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency. Finally stir in the Parmesan cheese. (I go light with the cheese, more can be added when served)

Vegetable broth:
Carrots - 2
Potatoes - 1 big
Onions - 2 big
Garlic - 2 cloves
Celery - 3 stalks
Water - 10 cups
Dried thyme - 1 teaspoon
Bay leaf - 1
Whole pepper corns - 10
Olive oil - 1 tablespoon

In a large stalk pot add oil and add all the chopped (chucked into large pieces) vegetables with garlic and saute it for 5 minutes and add 10 cups of water.
Then add whole pepper corns, dried thyme, bay leaf and bring up to boil and then simmer the liquid for 30 to 45 minutes partially covered.
Then let it cool and drain the liquid and store it in the air tight container in refrigerator. It can be stored in the freezer for 2 months.


  1. soup looks so healthy and hearty!
    i can have soup anytime :)

  2. Hi Richa....
    Thank u....

  3. I am a big fan of soups. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Hi TBC....
    ME too.....Thank u for ur comments....

  5. Sukanya,when I came home from the clinic,Minestrone soup is the first thing I made for a quick dinner.Looks yummy! Very nice recipe.

  6. Looks delicious Sukanya! I made Minestrone soup just yesterday for dinner...isn't it comforting? This time I added some spinach ravioli to it, and it tasted awesome...you can try that too!:)

  7. minestrone is a favorite of mine, albeit i make it with tomato soup as a base

  8. Sukayna, I order this everytime I go to a soup place. I love it healthy and delicious

  9. Hi friends....
    Ya Minestrone is a great one pot meal.....Take care dear....Thank u for ur comments....

    Hay that's a nice idea adding spinach ravioli...Will try it next time....Thank u....

    I also do it some times....Thay tastes great....Thank u....

    I too love it a lot....Thank u

  10. I love this soup at olive garden restaurant. Will try yours next time. Looks so yummy and delicious.

  11. Hi Kribha
    I was also got fist inspried form olive garden....Do try it....tastes similar to that.....Thank u...

  12. SUPER!!! Looks very tasty and healthy!!

  13. Hi Manasi....
    Welcome to my blog....Thank u for ur comments...

  14. so many Ingredients!! That would be it if it is for lunch or dinner. nothing else is needed.

  15. Anonymous6/9/07

    I also made minestrone soup recently and it's my favorite soup! YAY!

  16. Hi friends:
    Ya minestrone and bread perfect for lunch or dinner.....Thank u....

    Nice....Thank u...

  17. Hi Sukanya, thats a nice healthy soup. looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Hi Neelam....
    Thank u....

  19. sulanya.. the soup looks delicious and is healthy too..did you serve those with biscuits..peeking out from the sides??

  20. And it is so filling too.

  21. Love minestrone ... have one in my blog too.. Its been a long time since I prepared this... thanks for the reminder ..looks nice.

  22. Very healthy soup , I will surely try it :)

  23. Very nice recipe, picture tempts to prepare it!

  24. Sukanya, this is the first minestrone that I actually feel like eating - we usually get served tomato soup with some pasta here!

  25. I love minestrone, it is a favorite of my family, one of the time my daughter eats all her veggies is when i make that soup.
    Good recipe

  26. hi friends...
    Ya.....Thank u...

    Prema Sundar:
    Thank u....

    Archana said...
    Do try it...Thank u....

  27. Hi friends....
    Seena said...
    Do try it.....Thank u....

    Thank u

    Happy cook:
    O o that nice......Thank u....

  28. Hi Sukanya,
    Healthy looking soup!!! Thanks for sharing.

  29. Sukanya, that is simply awesome and very healthy soup, I have some pasta shells handy will try to make it

  30. Hi Padma....
    Do try it....Thank u....

  31. Looks like a hearty soup, very nice recipe

  32. AHH!!! Thats a bould full of goodness! :)

  33. Hi friends...
    Thank u...

    Yaaaaa......Thank u...

  34. May I have a bowl please:)

  35. Ha..ha..ha....sure sunita....

  36. oh wow! this does look yummy and the color is so perfect! u can keep it in the freezer for two months?? thats awesome!

  37. That looks great Sukanya... Love minestrone soup, sometimes I have it for lunch... a whole and healthy meal...

  38. Lovely soup Sukanya. For me it is a meal. Viji

  39. Hi friends....
    Ya the vegetable broth can stay for 2 months....Thank u...

    Ya me too......Thank u....

    Thank u...

  40. Nice soup and great presentation! Thanks for the recipe!

  41. Hi Sukanya, ur Minestrone soup looks so good. Its my favorite kind, will definitely try ur version.



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