Minestrone soup happens to be our family favorite for years now and I had never once tried this at home. This is the usual order when we go to 'Olive Garden'. I have had the idea of making it at home for quite sometime now. On a hunch I googled for a copy cat version of Olive Garden Minestrone and I landed in this page. Was I excited or what? I tried it the very next day and I am sure this soup will adorn our dinner table very often. The verdict at home was nothing unexpected for us Minestrone lovers!! Such a simple recipe and I had postponed it for years - inexcusable :)

Minestrone Soup

Ingredients - 

Olive oil 1 Tbsp
Yellow Onions, chopped 1/2 cup
Carrots, sliced 1 cup
Celery, Chopped 1/4 cup
Green Beans, cut into 1 inch pieces 1/4 cup
Zucchini, chopped 1/2 cup
Baby Spinach Leaves handful or more
Tomatoes diced 1 cup
Tomato paste 2 Tbsp
Red Kidney Beans, soaked and boiled 1 cup
Black Eyed Peas, soaked and boiled 1 cup
Shell Pasta 1/2 cup
*Vegetable Broth 4-5 cups (Home made or store bought)
Water as needed up to 3-4 cups
Herbs and Spices - As per taste
Thyme 1/2 tsp
Parsley, Dried 1/2 tsp
Oregano 1 tsp
Basil 1/2 tsp
Ground Pepper 1 tsp

*Water can be substituted but the flavor might differ.

Minestrone Soup

Method Of Preparation - 

In a heated stock pot, add oil and saute onion until they become translucent.

Add in the celery, carrot and green beans. After they are partially cooked, add in the zucchini,  the boiled red kidney beans, boiled black eyed peas and tomatoes.

Add the vegetable broth and tomato paste and mix well. 

Minestrone Soup

Mix in all the herbs and spices as per taste and add the boiled pasta and baby spinach.

Let it simmer for about 10-15 min. Add water as needed to get the desired consistency.

Linking this soup to Light Lunches at Redchillies.
Preparation Time 45-50 min
Serves 5-6 Adults


  1. Sunanda Says:
  2. Soup looks healthy and delicious..Perfect for dinner..

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. I love minestrone as usually that is the choice I have for soups in most restaurants, me being vegetarian. But, never tried preparing it at home. This looks awesome :)

  5. Aarthi Says:
  6. healthy looking soup

  7. Makes a wholemeal in itself... so good..
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  8. I'm a very soupy person :-) Looks so healthy

    Hamaree Rasoi

  9. Priya Suresh Says:
  10. Thats a wonderful,filling and healthy soup,simply comforting..

  11. Sobha Shyam Says:
  12. Looks like a healthy and delicious soup..must try this out :)

  13. divya Says:
  14. Soup looks healthy and delicious..Perfect for dinner..

  15. super fab...I have added this to my must try folder..
    following u..:)
    do stop by mine sometime..

    Tasty Appetite
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  16. Usha Says:
  17. looks delicious!

  18. aipi Says:
  19. I am not much of a soup person but hubby totally loves this :)
    US Masala

  20. That's a wholesome meal in itself....Looks delicious

  21. Reva Says:
  22. yummy yum soup.. I love this ... so healthy and warming:)

  23. Rekha shoban Says:
  24. frist time to ur blog....healthy soup n looks very colourful...im glad to follow u dear...


  25. RedChillies Says:
  26. For some reason, I thought I already commented here. Thanks for sending this delicous entry over Harini-Jaya, looks good.

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