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Classic Italian Minestrone Soup

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Classic Italian Minestrone Soup is loaded with fresh vegetables, red kidney beans, white beans, fresh and dried herbs, and mini pasta shells.  This soup is totally delicious, comforting, and loaded with flavor!  Perfect for lunch or dinner on a cold winter’s day.  Cooked in one-pot and simmered for 25 minutes, this minestrone soup is ready to serve in no time. 

 

It’s been very cold these past few days, and even snow has fallen across the country, so making a pot of comforting soup fits the season.

Our mom made her classic Italian minestrone soup with mostly fresh vegetables, along with beans, and often would even toss in some frozen peas as well.  And as always, we adore her recipe for Easy Pasta Fagioli Soup, but this soup is different. 

This is her recipe for minestrone soup.  …and, it is perfect in every way – a real winner!

Classic Italian Minestrone Soup by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

Best of all, no need for any fancy equipment for this recipe. 

One-pot is all you need and a good knife to chop the vegetables.  It is an effortless and straightforward soup to make once all the vegetables have been chopped.

What’s our mom’s secret…

Her secret to making her minestrone soup so flavorful is cooking all the vegetables together first before anything else goes in. 

The vegetables need to be cooked all together before the liquid goes in.  Basically, this method allows them to infuse all their flavors before tossing in the other ingredients. 

Our mom’s method truly makes sense, and her broth always turns out so much more flavorful, making this the most delicious tasting minestrone soup ever. 

 

 

Tossing in pasta shells into the minestrone. by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

Cook’s Notes and Tips…

  • Minestrone soup is best when cooked with “mini” pasta, like shells, ditalini, and even orzo. 

  • If you prefer, this minestrone can be made ahead – but without the pasta.  Then toss in the pasta when you’re ready to serve.

  • Always bring the soup to a low-boil before adding the pasta to it.

  • It’s best to toss in the pasta when you’re ready to serve.  The pasta takes only about 3 to 4 minutes to cook and it’s done. 

  • Use your favorite “gluten-free” pasta or even quinoa with this soup. 

  • Keep in mind, when pasta is added to soups, it will absorb some of the broth. Therefore, if you prefer more brothy soup, you can add in a little more broth, or water, to your liking.

Classic Italian Minestrone Soup by 2sistersrecipes.com

Classic Italian Minestrone Soup is a very soothing, flavorful, and satisfying meal. 

Your family will love this recipe.  Guaranteed! 

Serve it with a simple grilled cheese sandwich or our grilled cheese and pear sandwich on the side, and or maybe a salad for a delicious dinner. 

Try it.

… and Buon Appetito! 

 

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Yield: 6 servings

Classic Italian Minestrone Soup

Classic Italian Minestrone Soup by 2sistersrecipes.com
Classic Italian Minestrone Soup is loaded with fresh vegetables, red kidney beans, white beans, fresh and dried herbs, and mini pasta shells.ย  This soup is totally delicious, comforting, and loaded with flavor!ย  Perfect for lunch or dinner on a cold winter's day.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbps. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large-size onion - chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves- diced
  • 4 carrots - peeled and sliced
  • 4 to 6 stalks of celery - sliced
  • 1 ripe tomato - chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 (15.5 -ounces) can of red kidney beans - rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-5-ounces) can white Northern beans - rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt.
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1/ 4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 rind of Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 + 1/2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup mini pasta shells
  • freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for serving

Instructions

  1. In a large Dutch oven pot, or any large saucepan, heat olive oil on moderate heat. Toss in the onions, garlic, carrots, celery, tomato, and frozen peas and saute all the vegetables together until they are softened about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add in both beans, fresh and dried herbs and seasonings, water, vegetable broth, and 1 rind of Parmigiano-Reggiano. Stir to combine and cover with the lid of the pot.
  3. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer. Simmer the soup, covered, for 20 minutes. The broth will thicken and reduce as it simmers. Then turn off the heat. Here is where you can leave the soup (without the pasta) on the stove until you are ready to serve it for dinner. The soup will slowly continue to cook, even though the heat has been turned off.
  4. When ready to serve this minestrone, remove the cover and fish out, and discard the cheese rind. Next, toss in the mini pasta shells, and continue to simmer for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Taste to see if the pasta is ready, and season with additional salt and black pepper, to taste. If ready, turn off the heat, and remove the pot over to the side - away from the heat.
  5. Then serve into individual soup bowls. Serve with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese at the table.
  6. Note: Keep in mind, when pasta is added to soups, it will absorb some of the broth. Therefore, if you prefer more brothy soup, you can add in a little more broth, or water, to your liking.
  7. Serves 8

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 0.7gSaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 344mgCarbohydrates: 42.6gFiber: 11gSugar: 4.7gProtein: 14.2g

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Classic Italian Minestrone Soup by 2sistersrecipes.com

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Marie
    February 15, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    This was SO delicious!!! I made it for me and my boyfriend during snowstorms and we LOVED it! Thank you!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      February 16, 2021 at 7:24 am

      Thank you so much, Marie! So glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe. And, welcome to our blog! It’s so nice to meet you. Looking forward to hearing from you again. Have a great day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Varun Sharma
    February 1, 2021 at 5:24 am

    I like soup very much, and soup is healthy. People have to drink soup on daily basis. thanks for sharing amazing recipe of italian soup.

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      February 1, 2021 at 10:10 am

      Aw, thank you so much, Varun. Welcome to our blog and it’s so to meet you! ๐Ÿ™‚ …we totally agree with you, soups make healthy meals. Have a great day!

  • Reply
    Jeff the Chef
    January 31, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    I’m watching the snow fall as I write this comment, wishing I had a bowl of this minestrone!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      February 1, 2021 at 10:12 am

      Well, then Jeff….this is the perfect reason to make soup! Stay safe and warm today!

  • Reply
    Christine Boykin
    January 29, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Just made this minestrone soup and it was fabulous!!! I made mine with mini farfalle pasta, even my little guy loved it! I am going to add a side of kale salad and a warm crunchy piece of baguette, then dinner is compplete! So easy and best of all, tasty and filling!

    • Reply
      by Anna and Liz
      January 29, 2021 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks so much, Christine! It helps everyone who reads these comments! Thanks for your tips too!

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