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Minestrone Soup is an all time classic soup. A tomato based soup, loaded with fresh vegetables and pasta that goes great with the No Yeast Whole Wheat Bread. This is a vegetarian version but you can add Italian sausage if you prefer.

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Minestrone Soup

What Is Minestrone Soup

What exactly is a Minestrone soup?  Well to the best of my knowledge, it’s a tomato based vegetable soup that may contain pasta or rice.  Personally I think it has to contain pasta, but that’s just my taste buds talking.  Of course, it’s Italian in origin and it is pretty darn tasty.  Each time I make it, it always turns out different.  Each variety is tasty, hearty and warming, but different.  This time, I took the time to write down every single note and go over it with a fine tooth comb to be able to share it with you.  And this particular time the soup turned out even better.  So, this recipe is a keeper for you soup lovers.

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Minestrone Soup

Notes About The Soup

  • I used frozen green beans in this recipe because it was all I had.  You can easily use fresh if your have them and prefer.  This is how you do that.  Trim the beans and cut them into about 2 inch pieces.  Place them in a colander and pour over boiling water and leave to drain.  Add them with the rest of the vegetables at the sautee stage in the recipe.  Fresh is always better if you have them!
  • As well this soup doesn’t have to be limited to the vegetables on the ingredient list.  I simply used these vegetables because they were in my fridge.  Add whatever you have and I am sure it will still be delicious.  Quite often minestrone soup contains beans of sorts, especially white beans.  I would have added some except I only had dry on hand that required soaking.  Beans would add another level of heartiness to the soup. 

With all that being said, this soup is quite delicious & hearty just how it is.  It needs nothing added or taken away.  However, like always, I am putting substitution out there so you know it can be done pretty much how you like it.

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Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup is an all time classic soup. A tomato based soup, loaded with fresh vegetables and pasta. This is a vegetarian version but you can add Italian sausage if you prefer.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Pasta, soup, tomatoes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 202kcal
Author: Julia Pinney


  • 1 large can whole can tomatoes 14 oz whole tomatoes
  • 4 Cups vegetable stock
  • 3 carrots peeled, cut length ways and cut into small pieces
  • 2 Celery ribs cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 Zucchini cut half length ways and then cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 6 radishes halved and cut into thin slices
  • 1 Cup green beans frozen & thawed
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon dried basil
  • Small bunch of fresh chopped basil
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 3/4 Cup pasta I used shells
  • 1/3 Cup olive oil divided
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  • In a large stainless steel pot set over medium heat, add about 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and the garlic. Stir for a minute and add the onions. Stir well and leave to sautee for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the carrots, celery, zucchini, radishes and remaining olive oil. Stir well and cook adding a splash of stock for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables start to soften.
  • Add the can tomatoes, green beans, remaining stock, balsamic vinegar, dried basil and dried oregano. Break up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Stir well and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium low, cover and leave to simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Uncover, add pasta and season with salt and pepper. Cook until pasta is soft, about 8 – 10 more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in fresh basil.
  • Serve in bowls topped with fresh grated parmesan cheese

*A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.

Nutrition Facts
Minestrone Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 202 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 1436mg62%
Potassium 498mg14%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 5899IU118%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 155mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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By on January 9th, 2017
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