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Minestrone Soup Recipe
Our Family Recipe For Minestrone Soup
Minestrone Soup is one of my family's favorite vegetarian recipes! Our Minestrone Soup recipe has evolved over the years as we've added new veggies to it and adjusted the seasonings. This soup recipe is flexible enough that if you are having someone over for dinner who doesn't like carrots, for example, you can leave those out and the soup will still be fantastic!
So go grab your soup pot, some fresh veggies, and your cutting board, and let's get started!
Mmmm...wait until you smell your Minestrone Soup cooking!
Use 'em fresh! - Use fresh veggies in your Minestrone Soup Recipe, when possible!
Use fresh veggies in your Minestrone soup, when available!
Using fresh vegetables, rather than frozen, is key to making a delicious Minestrone Soup. I do usually use canned corn and canned tomatoes, but if corn is in season and you have the time, corn cut fresh from the cob would be quite delicious!
If I have cooked dried beans on hand, I use those. Otherwise I use canned beans. Everything else I use is fresh or, in the case of the herbs, dried.
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Minestrone Soup Recipe
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 bell pepper - diced
- 3 cloves chopped garlic
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 5 cups water
- 1 potato - peeled and cubed
- 1 small carrot - sliced (optional)
- 2 zucchini - cut in half lengthwise and then sliced
- 1 can navy beans - rinsed and drained
- 1 can red kidney beans - rinsed and drained
- 1 can corn - drained
- 2 14.5 oz cans whole tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 1 cup uncooked ziti or other pasta (I use wholegrain pasta.)
- Oil for sauteing
- Cut the onion and saute it over medium heat in a little oil in a large soup pot. Covering the pot with a lid helps the onion cook more quickly.
- While the onion is cooking, cut the bell pepper and garlic, add them to the pot and continue sauteing the vegetables.
- When the onion and bell pepper are soft, add the garlic, basil, salt, oregano, and pepper.
- Cook covered over low heat for 10 minutes, stirring often.
- Add 5 cups of water and turn the heat up to high. Add the sliced zucchini, potatoes and carrots, as well as the corn and beans. After the water comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for ten minutes.
- During these ten minutes, add the juice from the tomatoes to the soup pot and either slice the tomatoes on a plate or give them a few whirls in a food processor. Add the tomatoes, the parsley, and the uncooked pasta and cook until the pasta is ready and the potatoes are tender.
Minestrone Soup Cooking
Low Carb Version Of Minestrone Soup
If you'd like a low carb version of my Minestrone Soup Recipe, leave out the pasta and corn, and substitute half of a rutabaga in place of the potato! I tried my Minestrone soup last night with a rutabaga in place of the potato, and liked the soup even more!
Vegetarian Soup Cookbooks
Love soup? Here are some more vegetarian soup recipes!
This recipe book includes more than just soups and stews. it also includes stir fries, sides, salads, pasta, pizza, and more.
This vegetarian soup recipe book has some familiar favorites, such as Creamy Tomato, Minestrone, and Black Bean soup, as well as many soups that may be new to you, including Cashew Carrot Stew, Spicy Green Bean and Potato Stew, and Acorn Squash and Fava Bean.
This very highly rated book provides recipes for soup and so much more!
More Vegetarian Soup Recipes!
Here are some more vegetarian soups you may like.
Bell Pepper Soup - This recipe contains: onion, bell peppers, potato, salt, red pepper flakes, and vegetable stock. Vegan
Broccoli Soup - on youtube - This recipe contains broccoli, salt, pepper, and cheese. Vegetarian
Creamy Carrot Coconut Soup With Lime - This recipe contains: carrot juice, avocado, i coconut meat, lime juice, fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, sea salt, ground coriander, avocado citrus oil, and cilantro. Vegan
Garlic Soup with Cilantro Dumplings - This recipe contains: garlic, celery stalks, carrots, parsley, basil, bay leaf, flour. salt, baking powder, black pepper, egg, vegetable oil. milk, and cilantro. Vegetarian
Jalapeno Soup - This recipe contains: Jalapeno Peppers, oil, garlic, onion, green bell pepper, tomato, cilantro (coriander), cumin powder, salt, sour cream, heavy whipping cream, and Broth/Stock. Vegetarian
Lentil Soup - This recipe contains: onion, olive oil, carrots, celery, garlic, oregano, bay leaf, basil, tomatoes, lentils, spinach, vinegar, salt and pepper. Vegan
Mushroom Soup with Winter Vegetables - This recipe contains: garlic, butter, onions, mushrooms, carrots, celery, parsley, bay leaf, butternut squash, light red wine, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Vegetarian
Rustic Cabbage Soup Recipe - This recipe contains: extra virgin olive oil, salt, potatoes, garlic, yellow onion, stock, white beans, cabbage, and Parmesan cheese. Vegetarian
Spicy Vegan Gazpacho Soup - This recipe contains: tomato or vegetable juice, onion, tomatoes, bell pepper, garlic, cucumber, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, tarragon, basil, cumin, cayenne pepper, hot sauce, and olive oil. Vegan
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup - This recipe contains: vegetable oil, frozen pepper and onion stir fry mix, garlic, ground cumin, crushed tomatoes, green chile peppers, vegetable broth, salt, pepper, corn, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, and avocado. Vegetarian
Vegetarian Split Pea Soup - This recipe contains: split peas, carrots, celery, onion, potatoes, bay leaves, salt, pepper, bay leaves, and parsley. Vegan
Most Popular Vegetarian Soup Recipes - this is a collection of recipes for the following types of soups: Creamy Carrot Coconut, Black Bean Soup, Cabbage and Cilantro Soup, Crockpot Vegetarian Split Pea Soup, Vegetarian Lentil Soup, Vegetarian Miso Soup, Bean and Barley Soup, Thai Coconut and Vegetable Soup, Chinese Hot and Sour Soup, Vegetarian Pumpkin Soup, Chilled Spanish Gazpacho Soup, Vegetarian Minestrone Soup, and more.
A Quality Knife Makes A Lot of Difference...
The flutes on this blade help prevent food from sticking, and also aid in cutting paper thin slices.
Leak-proof 10 oz food jar - Excellent for taking your Minestrone Soup to school or work!
This works great for soup, pasta, and as so many other items! It comes in blue or pink.
This BPA -free, vacuum insulated, double walled thermos has a wide mouth and an unbreakable stainless steel interior and exterior. It keeps food cold for seven hours, or hot for five hours.
Serve Minestrone Soup with crackers or a piece of bread or garlic bread!
Minestrone soup goes great with crackers, a nice piece of French or Italian bread, or garlic bread!
Stainless 6-1/2-Quart Soup Pot
Like the stockpot above, this pot is stainless steel over an aluminum base. This pot has "stay-cool" handles and a clear lid so you can keep an eye on your food as it cooks!
Some more of my Vegetarian Recipes! - Visit the links below for these free vegetarian recipes!
Cinnamon Apple Baked Beans - The flavors of Cinnamon Apple Baked Beans are so sweet and delicious, reminding me of homemade fresh-from-the-oven apple pie! . Sweet and cinnamony, these beans are spiced just perfectly, and sweetened with honey, while sharing the pot with small bits of apple. They are absolutely delicious! Other vegetarian baked bean recipes can be found on this site as well! Perfect for a chilly day!
Vegetarian Chili - An easy to prepare, delicious, vegetarian chili! This chili recipe contains beans, onions, bell peppers, canned tomatoes, corn (optional), and spices. No soy or gluten.