Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Minestrone Soup

The frigid weather we are having in the Northeast cries out for the comfort of hot soup.  This minestrone soup is my go-to soup recipe, and my family's favorite.  I try to change it up often by introducing a new soup, but this one remains my family's top choice.  It is hearty enough to stand on its own with some crusty bread, and fabulous when paired with the sandwich or panini of your choice.  It's also a great way to used your homemade chicken stock.

Let's make it now.
Minestrone Soup Ingredients
Minestrone Soup
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium all purpose potato, peeled and cut into ½ -inch cubes
  • 1 medium yellow or green squash (or both), cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil, crumbled
  • 1 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • 1-28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • ¼ pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces (frozen is fine)
  • 4 oz tiny shells or tubettini
  • 1- can Great Northern white beans, drained and rinsed
  • Grated Parmesan cheese to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons parsley, chopped

In a Dutch oven or large pot, heat the olive oil over low heat for 1 minute.   Add the onions and cook uncovered, for 5 minutes or until soft.  Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Raise the heat to moderate and add the potato, squash, basil, oregano, and bay leaves.  Cook, uncovered for 5 more minute.  Stir occasionally.

Saute the Vegetables Before Adding Liquids

Add the tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil.  Adjust the heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes longer.  Add the green beans, cover and cook until the beans are tender, but still crisp-about 10 minutes.  Remove the bay leaves.

Simmer the Soup Until Vegetables are Tender

Add the pasta and cook until tender.  Add additional water, if necessary.  Add the white beans, and cook for 3-5 minutes until heated through.  Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.  Serve with crusty bread.

Minestrone Soup for You!
Comforting minestrone soup to warm you on these cold winter days.  You can get the printable minestrone soup recipe here: 




  1. Got all the ingredients to make this this weekend since a chill came here this weekend.

  2. Blueyes, I hope you like it. I'm thinking about makingit this weekend as well. As soon as a chill hits the air, I'm thinking soup.


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