Kari's Vegetarian Minestrone

High in flavor! Strictly vegetarian minestrone with a flavorful kick! Serve with croutons or French bread.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
6 servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, or more to taste

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ medium onion, chopped

  • 1 cup chopped baby carrots

  • 1 large zucchini, chopped

  • 4 medium mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced

  • 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 1 cup shredded fresh spinach

  • 3 cups vegetable broth

  • 2 ½ cups water

  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans

  • 2 tablespoons dried basil

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 1 pinch ground thyme

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Saute oil and garlic in a large pot over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add onion and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add carrots and saute for 3 minutes, followed by zucchini, mushrooms, and finally potato. Add more oil if necessary.

  2. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and spinach; cook for 3 minutes. Stir in vegetable broth, water, kidney beans, basil, oregano, thyme, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour; the more simmer time the better.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

218 Calories
8g Fat
31g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 218
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 730mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 29mg 146%
Calcium 134mg 10%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 709mg 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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