Classic Minestrone


This famous Italian soup has been much imitated around the world with very different results. The homemade version is a delicious revelation and is also extremely healthy, as it has pasta, beans and fresh vegetables. Try to make the minestrone a day early and refrigerate as this improves the flavors. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 leek, sliced

  • 2 carrots, chopped

  • 1 zucchini, thinly sliced

  • 4 ounces green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces

  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced

  • 1 ½ quarts vegetable stock

  • 1 pound chopped tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

  • 1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans, with liquid

  • ¼ cup elbow macaroni

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan, over medium heat. Add leek, carrots, zucchini, green beans and celery. Cover, and reduce heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.

  2. Stir in the stock, tomatoes and thyme. Bring to a boil, then replace the lid, and reduce heat to low; simmer gently for 30 minutes.

  3. Stir in the cannellini beans with liquid and pasta. Simmer for an additional 10 minutes, or until pasta is al dente. Season with salt and pepper to taste before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

320 Calories
12g Fat
45g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 320
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Sodium 471mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 10g 36%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 35mg 173%
Calcium 153mg 12%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 1206mg 26%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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