Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

The amazing Olive Garden Minestrone Soup is our all time favorite. We do not have to worry what the kids are eating as they smack this down real quick… the beans, the vegetables and all things nutritious.

So why should it be just in Olive Garden?  Below is the recipe of the all vegetarian minestrone soup I make at home.

 

Ingredients:

  1. 1/4 cup chopped onion
  2. 1/2 cup celery chopped
  3. 2 cello carrots chopped
  4. 1 small potato peeled and chopped
  5. 1 small can of red beans drained
  6. 1 small can of cannelini beans drained
  7. 1/2 cup of Italian beans(frozen)
  8. 2 cloves garlic chopped
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  11. 1.5 cups baby  spinach (may be substituted with frozen spinach)
  12. 1 cup V8 ( may be substituted with tomato puree half cup mixed with half cup of water)
  13. 1/2 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  14. 1/4 cup shell or elbow pasta
  15. 1 zucchini chopped
  16. 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  17. 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  18. 1 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley
  19. Salt and crushed Black Pepper to taste
  20. 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese

 

Preparation:

Heat oil  and saute garlic and onion till glazed and clear, but not brown. Add the celery, potato, carrots, Italian beans and saute fir another 7-10 minutes.

Add the zucchini, chopped tomato, oregano, basil and stir it for another 5 minutes.

Add the V8, bay leaves, red beans and cannelini beans.

Add another cup of water, cover and simmer for about 45 minutes at low heat.

Uncover, add the spinach leaves, pasta, salt and black pepper, and cover it back again and simmer for another 15 minutes.

Garnish with parsley and parmesan cheese.

Serve with hard crusted country bread, or sour dough bread or any of your favorite bread.

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4 comments to Minestrone Soup

  • Sush

    Hello Hello Hello !!
    Me n my wife we just loved the Minestrone Soup !! The best part is, its pretty much had all the important food values.
    We added more random veges and it went so well with the preparation ! Thanks for sharing this.

  • This is so yummy!! Wish I could eat it out of your blog!!

  • Pretty good. I missed the green beans, zucchini, and kidney beans I usually see in minestrone, so next time I’d add them. I’d also add other Italian herbs in addition to parsley. This recipe is versatile enough to handle some subs and still come out great. My subs were navy beans instead of cannellini, celery root instead of celery, and chard instead of cabbage. I also used only half the salt called for, and used whole wheat shells instead of elbow macaroni. I find that whole wheat pasta holds up better in the leftover soup.

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