Easy Minestrone Soup is simple and delicious and is perfect for a cool night. This soup is so much more than a vegetable soup that will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Make a large batch of this easy minestrone soup and have it for lunch or dinner for a few days.
If you like to pair your soup with garlic bread, use this Garlic Butter Spread to make homemade garlic bread.
Easy Minestrone Soup Recipe
If you love vegetable soup, this classic Italian version is sure to be a hit. Minestrone soup is usually made with whatever vegetables you have on hand, it is a great way to use up leftovers. While these are the vegetables that I like to use, you can change it by adding green beans, squash or other vegetables you like or have on hand. You can swap the beans for other beans if you prefer and swap the pasta for wild rice or brown rice.
Ingredients You Will Need:
- Filtered water
- Chicken bullion cubes
- White potatoes
- Stewed tomatoes
- Navy beans
- Sweet onion
- Tomato sauce
- Italian seasoning
- Sweet basil
- Garlic salt
- Seasoned pepper
- Brown sugar
How to Make Easy Minestrone Soup
In a large stock pot add 1/2 cup of water and chicken bullion cubes. Heat the water until the bullion cubes have melted.
Peel the carrots and potatoes and cut them into cubes. Chop the onion, wash and cube the zucchini and wash and cut the celery.
Put the vegetables into the pot and add the rest of the water, stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce.
Drain the navy beans and add it to the soup pot. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning, ground oregano, sweet basil, garlic salt, pepper and brown sugar.
Stir the soup to blend all of the spices into the soup. Bring it to a boil and then turn the heat down to medium low and cook for about 30 minutes.
Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 2 hours.
Add the pasta to the soup and cook 15 minutes.
What is the Difference Between Minestrone Soup and Vegetable Soup?
There is only a slight difference between minestrone and vegetable soup. Essentially this soup is a very hearty version of vegetable soup. While most vegetable soups are only the broth and vegetables. Minestrone soup usually has beans and pasta or rice.
Can You Make This Soup Recipe with Meat?
While minestrone soup doesn’t have meat in it traditionally, you can certainly add it to the soup. You can add ground beef or ground turkey or diced chicken breast to the soup. It will add more flavor and bulk up this easy minestrone soup.
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Easy Minestrone Soup
- 1 gallon filtered water
- 5 chicken bullion cubes
- 4 carrots peeled and sliced
- 4 white potatoes peeled and cubed
- 28 ounces Stewed tomatoes
- 1 can Navy beans drained and rinsed
- 1 large zucchini washed and cubed
- 1 large sweet onion chopped
- 2 Tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 stems celery washed and chopped
- 14 ounce large can of tomato sauce
- 3 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon ground oregano
- 1 Tablespoon sweet basil
- 2 Tablespoons garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon seasoned pepper more if desired
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 to 1 cup pasta small shells, small elbows, or other small pasta
- First, in a large stock pot, add 1/2 of the water, and the chicken bullion cubes, and turn the heat on medium to heat the water, and melt the bullion.
- Peel and slice the carrots, peel and cube the potatoes, peel and chop the onion, wash and cube the zucchini, and wash and slice the celery.
- Add the prepared vegetables to the pot.
- Add the rest of the water, and add the stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce, and stir well.
- Drain and rinse the Navy beans, and add them to the stock pot.
- Add the garlic.
- Add the Italian seasoning, ground oregano, sweet basil, garlic salt, seasoned pepper, and brown sugar.
- Stir the soup well to blend all spices into the soup.
- Bring the soup to a boil, and then turn the heat down to medium low, and cook for about 30 minutes.
- Turn the heat to low, and simmer the soup for 2 more hours, stirring occasionally.
- After the two hours, stir the soup again, and if you're ready to serve the soup, add the pasta to the soup, and cook for 15 minutes.
- If you're not serving the soup at this time, let the soup simmer until 15 minutes before serving, and add the pasta at that time.
- Serve, and Enjoy!