Green Minestrone


This is the classic and authentic Italian minestrone with a green twist. No tomatoes here! You may brown some pancetta or bacon in olive oil before proceeding with the recipe if you wish. I prefer to use a good quality vegetable bouillon to vegetable broth. The taste is more authentic and you simply need to skip the salt.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 white onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed

  • 1 ½ cups frozen cut green beans

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • 2 large zucchini, chopped

  • 10 cups vegetable broth

  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

  • 2 cups cooked great Northern beans

  • ¾ cup ditalini pasta

  • ½ cup minced fresh parsley

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, or as needed


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Add green beans, peas, and zucchini; toss to coat vegetables with oil.

  2. Slowly stream vegetable broth into vegetable mixture; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in rosemary and great Northern beans and bring back to a simmer, about 5 minutes. Add ditalini pasta and simmer soup until pasta is tender but firm to the bite and soup has thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in parsley.

  3. Ladle soup into serving bowls and top each serving with 1 heaping tablespoon Parmesan cheese; season with salt and black pepper. Garnish soup with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

348 Calories
10g Fat
49g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 348
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 916mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 35mg 174%
Calcium 199mg 15%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 725mg 15%

* 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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