Rating: 4.71 stars
14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

Minestrone is a hearty, traditional Italian soup typically made with beans, pasta and lots of vegetables. Enjoy the slow-cooked flavor in just about 30 minutes.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook onion, carrot, celery, garlic and rosemary until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.

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  • Stir in tomato sauce, beans and 2 1/2 cups water. Add broth, zucchini, pasta and pepper; bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, 10 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese and additional parsley, if desired.

Tip:

Other small pasta can be used instead of ditalini.

Nutrition Facts

235 calories; protein 9.6g; carbohydrates 38.6g; fat 4.8g; cholesterol 0.3mg; sodium 1220.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (11)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2018
Excellent! I used Mrs. Dash because I didn't have Rosemary. It was spicy. Next time I would skip the pepper considering that Mrs. Dash has pepper in it. Also I used fresh diced tomatoes instead of canned sauce. Next time I would add the tomatoes earlier with the onions to make the soup richer and thicker as the tomatoes would break down better. Overall very well received by everyone even those who claim to dislike zucchini!:-) Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2018
Excellent! I used Mrs. Dash because I didn't have Rosemary. It was spicy. Next time I would skip the pepper considering that Mrs. Dash has pepper in it. Also I used fresh diced tomatoes instead of canned sauce. Next time I would add the tomatoes earlier with the onions to make the soup richer and thicker as the tomatoes would break down better. Overall very well received by everyone even those who claim to dislike zucchini!:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2018
Quick easy and tasty. I used spinach instead of zucchini because that's what I had. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2019
Even for someone like myself who is newly learning to cook the recipe was fairly simple to follow. I added flat noodles instead of the smaller ones because that is what I had available. I omitted the carrots (don't like em') and may have been a bit heavy handed with the onions and garlic. I also added an allspice ball and used vegetable oil instead of olive (again what I had available). I lost a lot of my water and broth to prepping vegetables (while cooking instead of before) and also because I decided to throw some dumplings in. I ended up with a delicious minestron(ish) medley. I was skeptical about the parmesan but that was also a nice addition taste wise. Thanks for the idea! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2018
I omitted the rosemary. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/09/2019
This was my first time making minestrone and I loved it! There were a few things that went wrong that were my fault not the recipe's but I'll share them anyways. I didn't have rosemary or parsley so I just omitted them. instead of Contadina Tomato Sauce I had to use a jar of mushroom-flavoured Ragu sauce that honestly just didn't taste very good. I also didn't have chicken broth or any kind of broth (I really should've gone shopping beforehand) so I used water mixed with soya sauce since I read online that that was a good substitute. Let me tell you it's not if you don't have broth you're probably just better off going to the store or making this another day. I played around with the spices a little bit until I got a flavour I liked. I used kidney beans instead of the kind the recipe recommended and this worked out very well. I also cut up half of a large zucchini since I didn't have celery taste great. The last thing I'll say is that it might be a good idea to slightly pre-cook the pasta since mine seemed to take a really long time to cook and eventually I just left it slightly undercooked because I didn't want to ruin the rest of it. All in all loved this recipe and can't wait to make it again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2021
Good! Did not use water and added 4 cups chicken broth and 2 cups beef broth. Did not mince the rosemary, just added a big sprig. Also added a parmesan rind. Let sit up overnight so flavors would meld. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2021
Good flavor. Hearty veggies. The only change I made was used a small amount of dried rosemary since that is what I had. I think I will put in a little less water and make the noodles on the side next time. I prefer an aldente noodle and cooking them I the soup they get get a bit over cooked. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2021
excellent, just as it is written. Everyone loved it and its easy to whip together! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2020
I've never made soup before. This was delicious and easy! Thanks! Read More