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Easy Minestrone Soup

Easy Minestrone Soup

Today I am sharing another savory recipe-easy minestrone soup. This is the first week in a long time that I haven’t posted a cookie recipe, I really overdid it in December. Don’t worry, the cookies will be back soon, my addiction is just hibernating for awhile:) I am excited to share this easy, healthy, and comforting minestrone soup recipe-it is one of my favorite winter time meals.

Minestrone is an Italian soup that usually includes vegetables, pasta, beans, and sometimes meat (I omitted the meat because I am a vegetarian). Minestrone soup is very versatile. You can add whatever vegetables, beans, and pasta you like. I included carrots, celery, zucchini, tomatoes, and green beans. I also used cannellini beans, which are a white bean. I chose whole wheat macaroni for the pasta, but any small pasta will work well in this soup.

I always make a big pot of this easy minestrone soup because I never get sick of it. I could eat it for lunch and dinner all week long, and I usually do. It is a great recipe to have on hand durning the cold winter  months. Garnish a steaming bowl of minestrone soup with parmesan cheese and serve with a slice of crusty bread.

Easy Minestrone Soup

Yield: Serves 8-10

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 zucchini, diced
1 cup fresh or frozen green beans
2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
4 cups vegetable broth
2 cups water
1 (14 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup whole wheat elbow macaroni
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese-optional, for garnish

Directions:

1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot. Add onion, garlic, carrot, and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add in zucchini, green beans, and diced tomatoes. Stir in vegetable broth and water. Add beans, macaroni, oregano, and basil. Simmer until vegetables and macaroni are tender-about 35 minutes.

2. Season soup with salt and pepper and serve warm. Garnish with parmesan cheese, if desired.

If you like this minestrone soup, you might also like:

Tortellini Vegetable Soup from Two Peas and Their Pod
Homemade Minestrone Soup from A Veggie Venture
Roasted Vegetable Minestrone from The Pioneer Woman
Crock Pot Minestrone from Bella Eats

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107 Responses to “Easy Minestrone Soup”

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    Blog is the New Black — January 7, 2011 @ 3:53 am

    This looks awesome! Cozy and comforting. I did the same thing- I kind of overdid it in December myself ;)

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — January 7, 2011 @ 4:34 am

    The cheese on top sold me. Delicious!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 7, 2011 @ 5:14 am

    This looks delicious!! We love a good soup in our house :)

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    Keep ‘em coming! I love these easy soups during the wintertime.

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    Katrina — January 7, 2011 @ 5:39 am

    I absolutely love your soup bowl!! This minestrone looks lovely. Great recipe!

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    Erica — January 7, 2011 @ 5:49 am

    Minestrone is one of my favorite soups. I just love that it has a little bit of everything in it. I got SO sick of baking, but finally felt inspired to bake again yesterday

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    Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes — January 7, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    This looks just perfect for the new year when we’re all a bit cookie-d out :) And it’s certainly nice to know I’m not the only one who does that “make-a-huge-pot-of-soup-want to-eat-it-all-week-long” thing!
    love,
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) — January 7, 2011 @ 6:49 am

    I need more go-to soup recipes like this, thanks Maria! Do you ever freeze it?

    • twopeas replied: — January 7th, 2011 @ 7:44 am

      I do freeze it. The pasta gets a little broken up after defrosting/reheating, but I don’t mind:)

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    Amanda — January 7, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    The recipe looks fantastic… and that bowl cracks me up!!

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    susan — January 7, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    i’m going to need this soup when i get back from this little mexican holiday! looks healthy and yummy

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    Jeanette — January 7, 2011 @ 7:34 am

    I love minestrone soup, such an easy way to include lots of vegetables. Love your use of whole wheat pasta!

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    Scorpio Woman — January 7, 2011 @ 7:35 am

    I’ll have to try your recipe as I like minestrone soup ;)

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    Jenny Flake — January 7, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    This looks incredible! I made a minestrone this week too :) YUM!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — January 7, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    can i just come live with you and eat your food? that’s a normal question to ask someone, right? ;)

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    Shaina — January 7, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    I always crave soup in January, and I love your little soup crock. So cute!

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    This soup IS easy! It also looks so hearty and delicious. Love your soup bowl, too. Thanks for sharing this, Maria.

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    Susan — January 7, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    That bowl is too cute – and the soup looks divine!

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    Dole Nutrition Institute — January 7, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    Looks FABULOUS Maria! And we definitely love those bowls. Wonder if we could get them for our cafeteria…

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    whatever Dee Dee Wants — January 7, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    Looks delicious and that bowl is way cute!

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    Jennifer (Savor) — January 7, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    Okay, spill the ‘beans’ on where you got the bowl.

    • twopeas replied: — January 7th, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

      I got the bowl at a place in Utah called Tai Pan Trading. It’s a fun store!

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    Pam — January 7, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    I love minestrone soup – yours looks terrific. Love the bowl too!

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    Paula — January 7, 2011 @ 9:44 am

    Not only does it look healthy, it is healthy too! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Fallon — January 7, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    Sounds good!

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    kat — January 7, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    Matt loves minestrone & I barely ever make it for him. That really needs to change

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    Krystle Thorn — January 7, 2011 @ 10:14 am

    This soup looks so cozy and warm!

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    Megan — January 7, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    I love, love, love minestrone. I always think the more veggies, the better. The last time I made it, I added lentils, which are a nice change from cannellini beans.

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    Georgia Pellegrini — January 7, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    A soup of all things great! Beans and my favorite Italian seasoning

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    Ashley — January 7, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    I love easy soup recipes! I’m making this, this weekend!

    Thank you :)

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet — January 7, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

    I am always up for an easy veggie-full soup! This looks terrific.

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    Blond Duck — January 7, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    Sounds wonderful!

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    alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 7, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

    This looks fantastic. So heart warming

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    This is right up my alley…I love a good minestrone.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — January 7, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    Good timing – I’m making minestrone soup tonight! I use the pioneer woman’s roasted vegetable one though. The roasted mushrooms are incredible!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — January 7, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    I adore Minestrone! It would be perfect on this COLD COLD night {expecting snow again}

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    Katrina — January 7, 2011 @ 3:24 pm

    Mmm! (I don’t like it with meat either.)
    I have those same bowls! ;)

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    SMITH BITES — January 7, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    make minestrone on a regular basis at Smith Bites – perfect winter soup!

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    HoneyB — January 7, 2011 @ 5:00 pm

    It is definitely soup weather here in New York! This looks delicious!

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    Rachel — January 7, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

    I LOVE minestrone! and your soup bowl is SO cute!

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    The Healthy Apple — January 7, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    Beautiful soup…this is great for a chilly snowy weekend here in Manhattan. Thanks for sharing; enjoy your weekend!

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    Anna@Tallgrasskitchen — January 7, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    Cute crock! (that sounds funny)

    I love minestrone. I like to simmer it with a bit of parmesan cheese rind (I keep them in the freezer for such occasions.)

    • twopeas replied: — January 8th, 2011 @ 9:27 am

      I have used a rind before, but didn’t have one this time around:)

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