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5 from 70 votes

Classic Minestrone Soup

My minestrone is delicious, thick, rich vegetable soup that is easily made using seasonal vegetables or vegetables you have on hand, beans and pasta.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian, Italian - American
Servings: 8
Calories: 281kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup onion large dice
  • 1 cup carrot sliced
  • 1 cup celery sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ cup green beans cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 ½ cup zucchini quartered and sliced
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 6 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 30 ounces diced tomatoes canned undrained
  • 1 teaspoon thyme finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta uncooked
  • 15 ounces kidney beans canned, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups baby kale (or chopped) or your favorite green
  • fresh chopped parsley garnish -optional
  • grated Romano or parmesan garnish -optional


  • Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat.
  • When the oil is hot add the carrots, onions, and celery to the pan. Cook the veggies for 4-5 minutes over medium-high heat.
  • Add the green beans, zucchini, and garlic to the pan and continue to cook the vegetables for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste, oregano, thyme, sea salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper and continue cooking for another 2 minutes, mixing well.
  • Add the broth, diced tomatoes (and juice), and bay leaves to the pot and mix well.
  • Raise to high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. When the mixture has reached a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and continue cooking for 40 - 60 minutes.
  • Add the pasta, beans, and kale to the pot and continue simmering uncovered, for 20 - 30 minutes or until the pasta is cooked al dente and the greens are tender.
  • Turn off the heat and remove the pot from the burner. Remove the bay leaves.
  • Serve the minestrone and garnish with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese, chopped Italian parsley and black pepper.


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 1232mg | Potassium: 1004mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 7836IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 378mg | Iron: 9mg