September 18, 2018
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This super easy Minestrone Soup recipe is a one pot meal that is full of vegetables, pasta and an incredible tomato base. It’s the perfect hearty dinner for a cool fall day!
This Minestrone soup is one of our favorite soups, and we are soup lovers. It’s quick, it’s healthy, and it’s perfect for dunking with some crusty bread or rolls!
How to Make Minestrone Soup
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Soup is the ultimate meal for this time of year. The weather is cooling off, the kids are back to school, and the smell that wafts through the house when this Italian Minestrone soup is on the stovetop?
This is one of those Minestrone recipes that you can easily swap out the vegetables for some of your family’s favorites or add in extra. If you want it to have a little more staying power, you can even add in extra protein like shredded chicken or ground beef or skip it to make this vegetarian.
Like a Pasta Fagioli Soup recipe, the leftovers make perfect lunches for school or work the next day, as broth-based soups can hold their heat for a long time in a thermos. I know my kids will gladly go for a change from their typical ham or peanut butter sandwiches!
What makes this the best Minestrone Soup recipe:
- Flexibility: have you wondered what vegetables to put in minestrone soup? You can mix and match your veggies as you wish! Add in green beans, mushrooms or broccoli if your family is into them (ours is not so much!), or add in additional proteins, rice, or even a Parmesan cheese rind if you have one left over!
- Nutrition: this vegetarian Minestrone Soup is packed with good-for-you vegetables, whole grains and a tomato and broth base, making it a healthy option for a weeknight dinner.
- Budget-friendly: soup is an awesome way to stretch the budget, especially if you’re serving with a good loaf of bread to fill hungry tummies. Vegetables (feel free to use frozen or canned if they’re a less expensive option) and pasta are easy to find and won’t break the bank.
- Hearty: we love this hearty Minestrone Soup recipe, which includes beans and pasta in addition to those vegetables we have included.
- Versatility: you can make this minestrone soup with meat. You could try beef minestrone soup, chicken minestrone soup, or even homemade minestrone soup with sausage.
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Tips for making this Minestrone Soup in the slow cooker:
Soup is one of my favorite things to cook in the slow cooker, and it’s easy to make this Minestrone Soup crockpot friendly!
You can simply dump all of the minestrone soup ingredients except for the pasta into the slow cooker, and cook on low for 8-9 hours, or high for 4-5 hours.
About 20 minutes before you want to serve, stir in the pasta, cover, and let cook until pasta reaches desired tenderness (this will take anywhere from 10-20 minutes depending on your cut of pasta, so keep an eye on it!).
Servings: 6 servings
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This Minestrone Soup recipe is an easy, one pot meal that is full of vegetables, pasta and an incredible tomato base. It’s the perfect hearty dinner for a cool fall day!
canned diced tomatoes
low sodium chicken broth
canned red kidney beans
rinsed (about 2 cups)
for serving, shredded or grated parmesan
In a large pot cook and stir the oil, carrots, celery and onion over medium-high heat until the onion has softened, about 3-4 minutes.
Add the salt, garlic, parsley, oregano, basil, and pepper and cook 1 minute.
Add the spinach, tomatoes, broth, and beans. Cover, bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until carrots are tender.
Add the pasta and stir, cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until pasta reaches desired tenderness.
Serve with shredded Parmesan cheese as desired.
Calories: 219, Fat: 4g, Sodium: 1283mg, Potassium: 852mg, Carbohydrates: 36g, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 7g, Protein: 11g, Vitamin A: 125%, Vitamin C: 22.9%, Calcium: 11.3%, Iron: 19.8%
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)