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Classic Italian Minestrone Soup

The calendar says it's time for soup.  Italian minestrone soup is a flavorful, hearty choice to make today.
Wintery weather 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 soup.  I try to change our soup options often by introducing a new soup, but this one remains my family's top choice.  

Classic Minestrone Soup

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A cup of minestrone soup topped with Parmesan cheese.


Minestrone soup is hearty enough to stand on its own with some crusty bread, or when paired with a sandwich or panini of your choice.  

This Minestrone soup recipe is a classic version of the very popular Italian vegetable and pasta soup. You may have had Olive Garden's minestrone soup and thought you'd like to make it at home. Well, now you can make a similar version of Olive Garden's minestrone soup. with this recipe.

Why You'll Love This Minestrone Soup Recipe

You'll love minestrone soup because it makes a hearty, healthy one-pot dinner option.  This soup is chock-full of vegetables. Go ahead and add more of what you love for a thicker vegetable soup. 
You don't need any fancy equipment to make this soup.   A heavy pot like a cast iron dutch oven is a perfect soup pot. You do not need a slow cooker or an InstaPot.  
This soup cooks quickly on your stovetop.  You can make this soup in less than an hour.
This soup freezes well. This recipe makes enough for dinner tonight, lunch tomorrow, or to save in the freezer for next week.

The Soup Ingredients

Minestrone soup is all about vegetables.  You'll use two kinds of beans. Choose fresh or frozen green beans, and great northern white beans or cannellini beans.  I substitute great northern white beans and cannellini beans depending on what I can get at the grocery store.
Chicken stock adds depth of flavor and richness to the soup.  I always have my favorite on hand in my pantry for quick soup-making during winter months.
Potato and pasta add starch and some bulk to the soup.  Cut your potato into small chunks.  I choose any version of small tubed pasta like ditalini or tubettini. A little pasta goes a long way.
A Pot of Minestrone Soup
Yummy Minestrone Soup

Canned crushed tomatoes will give the soup flavor and color. 

Tips for Minestrone Soup Success


Use a heavy pot that cooks evenly.  You'll want your soup to be able to gently simmer for most of the cooking time.
Cut your vegetables into bite-sized pieces that will fit easily on your soup spoon. Consistency in size also helps with consistent texture.
Taste and season as you go.  Frequently tasting your soup ensures a delicious soup in the end.
Measure the pasta.  Too much pasta will absorb all the broth from the soup. I like to keep additional chicken stock at the ready to thin the soup when I reheat it.
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Classic Italian Minestrone Soup Recipe

Italian soup, vegetable soup, winter soup
dinner
Italian
Yield: 8 servings
Author: Donna Urso
Classic Italian Minestrone Soup

Classic Italian Minestrone Soup

Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
A hearty, classic vegetable soup with robust Italian flavor.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven or large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat for one minute.
  2. Add the onions and carrots and cook uncovered, for five minutes or until soft. Season with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
  3. Add the potato, Italian seasoning, and bay leaves. Cook, uncovered for five more minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add the tomatoes and stock and bring to a boil. Adjust the heat to a simmer and cook uncovered for 10 minutes longer.
  5. Add the squash and green beans, cover, and cook until the beans are tender, but still crisp-about 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaves. Taste for salt and pepper.
  6. Add the pasta and cook until tender following package directions. Add additional water, if necessary.
  7. Add the white beans, and cook for 3-5 minutes until heated through.
  8. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Serve with crusty bread.

Notes

Substitute 1 tablespoon of dried basil, crumbled and 1 tsp dried oregano, crumbled for 2 Tablespoons of Italian seasoning.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

149.34

Fat (grams)

2.73

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.86

Carbs (grams)

27.5

Fiber (grams)

3.95

Net carbs

23.57

Sugar (grams)

6.72

Protein (grams)

5.41

Sodium (milligrams)

878.84

Cholesterol (grams)

3.26

Nutritional information is approximate.



Enjoy!

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