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minestrone soup spring vegetable soup

Best Ever Minestrone Soup

Course: 1st Course, dinner, lunch, Soup
Cuisine: Italian, soup, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8 sevings
Calories: 276 kcal

This minestrone soup the PERFECT way to introduce spring.  Jam packed with so many new veggies it just tastes like spring should, while being warm enough for the still cold evenings this time of year.

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1.5 C Onion diced
  • 5 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 C Carrots diced
  • 1 C Celery diced
  • 1 C Zucchini diced
  • 1 C Green Beans sliced into 1/2" pieces
  • 2 T Basil chopped
  • 1 T Dried Oregano
  • 1 sprig Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 15 oz Cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 6 C Vegetable Broth
  • 1.5 C Whole Wheat Macaroni
  • 3 C Baby Spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 15 oz Can Kidney Beans
  • 1 15 oz Can Cannelini Beans
  • Kosher Salt to taste
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Over medium heat in a dutch oven, heat the olive oil.  Add the onions, garlic, carrots and celery and sweat until they are translucent but with no color.

  2. Add in the zucchini and green beans along with the oregano, rosemary and bay leaves and saute for a few minutes to toast the herbs.

  3. Add the tomatoes and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer for 30 minutes.

  4. Add in the beans and macaroni and simmer until the macaroni is tender, about 6 minutes.

  5. Stir in the baby spinach and fresh basil.  Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This minestrone soup is one of our family's favorite recipes for early spring in the Colorado mountains.  It's so great for utilizing some of the fresh flavors of the first of spring veggies while keeping us warm on our cold Colorado nights.  It freezes great so make a big batch!  One tip though... If you're going to freeze some, cook the macaroni separately and add it in to the soup when you heat it up so it doesn't get mushy.

Nutrition Facts
Best Ever Minestrone Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 438mg19%
Potassium 832mg24%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 4555IU91%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 135mg14%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.