Easy Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup is a classic Italian soup that is hearty, healthy, and perfect for lunch or dinner on a cold day. This easy homemade minestrone is a family favorite. Serve the soup with crusty bread and Parmesan Cheese.

Minestrone Soup Recipe

Classic Minestrone Soup

Today, we are sharing a recipe for Easy Minestrone Soup. I am excited to share this easy, healthy, and comforting minestrone soup recipe because it is one of my favorite winter time meals. I could eat it every single day. This classic soup is always a favorite meal at our house. It is the perfect soup for a cold day or any day! You can’t go wrong with this classic soup recipe.

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How To Make Minestrone Soup

  • Minestrone is an Italian soup that usually includes vegetables, pasta, beans, and sometimes meat. I omitted the meat because I wanted the soup to be vegetarian and honestly, I don’t think it needs it. The soup is super hearty because all of the vegetables, beans, and pasta.
  • Minestrone soup is very versatile. You can add whatever vegetables, beans, and pasta you like. I included carrots, celery, zucchini, tomatoes, and green beans. This is a great soup to make when you need to clean out the vegetable drawer. You could also add in bell peppers, yellow squash, peas, spinach, or kale.
  • I used cannellini beans, which are a white bean. I use canned beans to keep the recipe super simple. You can use great Northern beans or red kidney beans too.
  • I chose whole wheat macaroni for the pasta, but any small pasta will work well in this soup.
  • If you want the soup to be vegan, omit the Parmesan cheese and if you need the soup to be gluten free, you can use gluten-free pasta, rice, or quinoa.

Easy Minestrone Soup Recipe

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I always make a big pot of this easy minestrone soup because it reheats well and we love eating the leftovers. 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. This easy soup will warm you up and fill you up and it is much better than Olive Garden’s Minestrone Soup:) Enjoy!

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Easy Minestrone Soup Recipe

Minestrone Soup Recipe

This easy minestrone soup recipe is perfect for a cold day. It is hearty, healthy, and comforting. Serve with crusty bread, if desired.
5 from 10 votes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 1 medium zucchini diced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen green beans
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (14 ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup whole wheat elbow macaroni can use gluten-free pasta
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese-optional for garnish


  • 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, beans, pasta, basil, oregano, and thyme. Simmer until vegetables and macaroni are tender, about 35 minutes.
  • Season soup with salt and pepper and serve warm. Garnish with parmesan cheese, if desired.


Calories: 141kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 4g, Sodium: 868mg, Potassium: 397mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 3185IU, Vitamin C: 17.9mg, Calcium: 63mg, Iron: 2.2mg
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  1. This looks awesome! Cozy and comforting. I did the same thing- I kind of overdid it in December myself πŸ˜‰

  2. 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

  3. This looks just perfect for the new year when we’re all a bit cookie-d out πŸ™‚ 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!
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

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

  4. can i just come live with you and eat your food? that’s a normal question to ask someone, right? πŸ˜‰

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

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

  7. 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.

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

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

  10. Your soup looks wonderful Maria! We’re expecting more snow this weekend, and a nice warm bowl of soup while sitting on the couch under a blanket sounds perfect πŸ™‚

  11. I am loving this recipe – so simple =) You always think minestrone would be complicated because of all of the ingredients but it doesn’t have to be! Soups right now are key for the hubs and I – I swear we crave it during the winter! P.S. I LOVE those soup bowls!!!

  12. I love minestrone soup, why don’t I ever make it? It’s winter and a must make recipe.

    The soup bowl is so cute!

  13. We made this for dinner last night and it was great!! The Hubster is a huge minestrone fan, so I knew he’d enjoy it! The whole family loved it, and it really was super easy! Thanks for the great recipe!

  14. A steamy bowl of minestrone is great for any time of year & healthy too. Wish you were here in Mexico girl, miss you πŸ™‚ xo

  15. This does look easy! I’ve been sick for a few weeks and have had almost nothing but chicken soup, and this looks like a wonderful way to change things up!

  16. I made minestrone soup this week too with zucchini, beans, and corn and I used quinoa instead of noodles. I ate it 5 days in a row. πŸ™‚ YUM!

  17. Oh Minestrone, what a great idea. I have been thinking about making some soup already all weekend and I haven’t made minestrone in ages. Thanks for the inspiration, yours looks delicious!

  18. I’m all about the soup this winter.
    I love those bowls! Where did you find them Maria?
    Happy New Year!

  19. My cookie addiction is hibernating now that the holidays are over too πŸ™‚ I’ll gladly take this soup instead. It looks comforting and warming for this chilly time of year πŸ™‚

  20. I love minestrone – there was a little cafe on my college campus that always has the best. It’s a soup I still haven’t made at home; I can’t wait to try your recipe! And I love that soup mug, totally adorable!

  21. I just made this and it was so good!!!!! I changed it up just a tiny bit, I added red pepper and garlic salt because I ran out of garlic, I used black beans and I also added 2 bay leaves. Perfection πŸ™‚

  22. I made this for my husband and I was so glad because I LOVED IT! I browned some bacon bits first, then used that grease instead of the olive oil. It makes him happy to have “meat” in his soup. lol. It was deeeeeee-licious!! thank you!

  23. Found this when I was Googling minestrone recipes. Used it as a jumping off point for making my own. So fabulous! Thanks for sharing! I’ll be checking out some of your other recipes.

  24. YUM!! This was delicious and so easy! I didn’t have fresh green beans on hand so I used canned and it was great. Also added a cup of frozen corn. So delicious on a cold rainy NW day! Thank you!

  25. I thought this was delicious, however, next time I’ll add the pasta 10 minutes prior to the simmer being done. The pasta was extremely mushy because it was boiled to death for 35 minutes. Pasta this small should take 7-8 minutes.

  26. Since finding this recpie I make it pretty much everyweek. It’s AMAZING and so versatile, I can’t believe how much I love it. Thank you for putting this on the internet lol

  27. This is delicious! One of my new favorites for fall. I made it as above except used potatoes instead of zucchini (which I don’t particularly care for). With the exception of the celery and garlic, all the veggies came from my garden which made it even better. Minestrone has always been one of those soups I want to like more than I actually like, but not any more! Even my non-vegetarian husband, who was a little skeptical when I served it, really liked it. Thanks!

  28. 5 stars
    My husband love Minestrone soup but all the other recipes took forever to make them so I would only make it every now and then on the weekend and I was never really a big fan. Well when I found this recipe when he was sick one week to make him feel better it was so fast and so easy and I loved the taste. He really loves the taste as well and has now told me that i have ruined him of all other minestrone soups because this one is always so much better. Thank you so much! This is now one of my go to recipes.

  29. Thank you so much for this recipe. My husband loves minestrone and I’m not a big fan of it normally but I love this one and he says it’s the best minestrone he has ever had.

  30. 5 stars
    So easy, quick, and tasty! I used all fresh ingredients since, for once, I actually had fresh herbs on hand. Served with cheeze-it Italian four cheese crackers for lunch. Mmmm. I’m already searching through your other recipes for dinner ideas. Thanks!

  31. I’m concerned about cooking the pasta for 35 min. Doesn’t that make it too mushy? Thinking of throwing it in for last 6 min or so as the package of pasta indicates.

  32. Making this tonight! Does this soup freeze well? If so, is there a certain point I should freeze it or fine at the end? Thanks!

  33. 5 stars
    I made this today, more like this morning. It came out DELICIOUS! I am not an experienced cook at all. But WOW! I added some pieces of pumpkin and peas. Yummy!

  34. Omg, the flavors were incredible. I added a little spinach and a can of kidney beans too. And extra basil and garlic.
    I didn’t have veg broth so used beef.
    Hubby said it was really good. Sprinkled Italian blend cheese on it, and had garlic bread and red wine! Yum!