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Minestrone Soup

Updated On: Apr 29, 2024

A quick and delicious recipe for Minestrone Soup that will warm you up on a cool day.

minestrone soup

Minestrone Soup is one of my “go-to” meals when life is hectic and I’ve forgotten to take out whichever frozen slab of _ for dinner.  When I was a working Mom/Wife we ate this quite a bit.  It’s so unbelievably fast to make and it tastes great!  It makes enough for lunch the next day too, assuming you have a family of 4!  Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese on top and you’ll think you’ve been transported to your favorite Italian restaurant.

How to make this recipe

bacon frying for minestrone soup

Start off with a tablespoon of olive oil and toss in 5 slices of bacon that have been chopped and saute for 5 minutes until crisp.  Judging by this picture, I must’ve answered the phone while pouring in the olive oil.  Looks like a tad more than 1 tablespoon.

rendered bacon for Minestrone Soup

Crispy crittlins of bacon.  HEAVEN!  This is where you pour off some of the fat/oil.  Leave about 1 tablespoons worth in the pot.

vegetables used in Minestrone Soup

In goes 1 cup of chopped onion, 2 celery stalks chopped and 1 small carrot chopped. Saute until the veggies are starting to get soft, about 5 minutes.

how to make minestrone soup

Add 5 cloves of garlic, minced.  See that garlic press?  My absolute FAVORITE tool in my entire kitchen!  It’s the Rosle Garlic Press and I heart it more than life itself.  Ok, maybe not that much, but close.  It’s the easiest garlic press you will ever use (and clean).  I’ve tried them all and was given this as a gift by the Hubs.  That was the day I knew he’d have my heart forever.

If you clicked the link and you’ve gone into sticker shock, I promise it’s the best money you will ever spend.  Seriously!  I’ve had mine for over 8 years and it looks brand new.  Works like brand new.  So go buy one and you can thank me with flowers and candy later.

*Note: This has not been a paid advertisement for Rosle Garlic Presses .  I wish Rosle would pay me, but they have not.

what do you put in minestrone soup?

You need 6 cups of Chicken Stock.  I hate a pantry full of cans, so I use Better Than Bouillon Reduced Sodium.  Scoop out a spoonful and add it to hot water and PRESTO – Chicken stock and it’s far better than the canned stuff.  In my humble opinion, of course.

Genteladies (and men) start your Can Openers!  You need 2-15 oz cans of diced tomatoes, 1-10 oz can Kidney Beans, 1-10 oz can White Beans (Cannelini), 1-9 oz can Garbanzo Beans.  Open them all up and get those puppies ready.

beans used to make minestrone soup

To the veggies that have been waiting patiently while I’ve ranted on and on about garlic presses and chicken stock, add the cans of: tomatoes, kidneys, white beans and garbanzos.  Toss in your chicken stock as well.  Now add the greens: 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley; 5-6 basil leaves chopped (chiffonade style ); 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

Add 1 1/2 cups of pasta (whatever shape flips your skirt or trousers).  Cook 8 minutes more.  Call the hungry troops cuz it’s grub time!!

minestrone soup
minestrone soup

Minestrone Soup

A quick and delicious recipe for Minestrone Soup that will warm you on a cool fall day.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 slices bacon cut into bite-size
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 medium carrot chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 30 oz diced tomatoes 2 – 15oz cans
  • 10 oz kidney beans
  • 10 oz white beans cannellini
  • 9 oz garbanzo beans
  • ½ cup Italian parsley chopped
  • 5-6 basil leaves chopped
  • 2 tablespoon oregano leaves chopped
  • 1 ½ cups shaped pasta


  • Saute the bacon until crisp in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, about 5 minutes.  Remove the oil and fat from the pan leaving about 1 tablespoon.
  • Add the chopped onion, celery and carrot and saute until the vegetables begin to get soft.  About 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute more.
  • Add the broth, tomatoes, beans and chopped herbs and bring to a boil.  Turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the pasta and cook for 8 minutes more.
  • Serve in big bowls with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.


Calories: 418kcalCarbohydrates: 60gProtein: 21gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 375mgPotassium: 1010mgFiber: 10gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1773IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 139mgIron: 6mg
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. Farmgirl Gourmet says:

    Good morning. The pasta actually cooks IN the soup. You add it and cook for another 8 minutes. I would suggest using smaller pasta, or if you’d like to user larger then just add more time to allow them to cook. Let me know what you thought!!

    Happy Tuesday!

  2. Anonymous says:

    It looks like the pasta is cooked before added? So is that one and half cups cooked or uncooked?

    Thanks! I can’t wait to try it!

  3. Farmgirl Gourmet says:

    Nope, you don’t need to Mike. I usually make my beans from dried and freeze them, but for this recipe you can just add the beans straight from the can. Adds to the consistency and volume of the liquid in the soup. Enjoy!! (p.s. love ya)

  4. Mike Chavez says:

    Do you rinse your canned beans before adding them to the pot?

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