Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is your ultimate comfort food! Hearty and flavorful, this dish makes for a quick lunch or weeknight dinner for the whole family!

This time, I am doing something Italian! Include this recipe in your regular menu rotation at home along with my other Italian recipes like Penne Alla Vodka, Chicken Alfredo, and Lemon Chicken Piccata!

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Minestrone Soup Recipe

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup was exactly the first thing that I thought of when I opened my fridge early this morning. I have a surplus of vegetables waiting to be discarded but I just cannot allow that!

This recipe is perfect in cases like that. This traditional Italian dish is a great solution to cook leftover vegetables and hence, there is no exact recipe for it. People simply use what they already have on hand. Isn’t it practical?

Aside from being practical, this dish is nutritious without being bland. It is full of healthful veggies, grains, and sometimes meat. For this recipe though, we are aiming for the traditional vegetarian version.

And historically, the ancient Romans prepared this with veggies like celery, beans, and carrots, just like what we will use as well. So, with this recipe, you get to have a warm and delicious meal, no food waste, and lots of leftovers.

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What is the difference between minestrone and vegetable soup?

Minestrone is a kind of vegetable soup but not all vegetable soups can be considered a minestrone. Minestrone is thick as it could have rice or pasta in it which is not the case for most vegetable soups.

How to make Minestrone Soup

  • Sauté: In a Dutch oven, sauté the onions in olive oil.
  • Add the veggies: Add the garlic along with the firm vegetables first and season with the herbs and salt. Add the tomato paste, too. When these have softened already after a few minutes of stirring, add in the tomatoes, juice, and broth, beans, peppers, and bay leaves.
  • Boil: From medium heat, raise the temperature to medium-high until the soup boils while being partially covered. Then, reduce to a simmer.
  • Add the pasta: After a few minutes, uncover and add in the pasta. Let the pasta cook until tender and so are the greens.
  • Add the spinach: Add the spinach, and cook for no longer than 5 minutes.
  • Season: Turn off the heat, discard the bay leaves, and add some lemon juice and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve: Garnish with parmesan, then, serve warm.

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Recipe Variations

  • Meat: You can add meat like sausages, bacon, or pancetta if you like to add protein.
  • Broth: Feel free to use beef or chicken broth in place of the vegetable broth if you are not strictly following a vegetarian diet.
  • Thickener: While this recipe uses beans and pasta to absorb the liquid, you can use potatoes, too.
  • Herbs: Use rosemary, basil, and coriander as alternatives to oregano and thyme.
  • Pasta: Any short pasta will do. Even broken spaghetti can be used.
  • More options: Other great additions are mushrooms, wine, and your favorite cheeses other than parmesan.

How to Store:

  • Refrigerate: This dish lasts for up to 4 days in the fridge. Simply keep it in an airtight container once cooled completely.
  • Freeze: This makes for a great freezer meal. Simply put it in freezer bags, squeeze out the air, and lay flat in the freezer. It will keep for up to 6 months.
  • To reheat: Thaw it in the fridge overnight then, reheat on the stove.

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Recipe Tips:

  • Sometimes the veggies get too mushy as you cook the pasta. What you can do is to cook the pasta beforehand to lessen the cooking time of the rest of the ingredients.
  • Serve it with your favorite bread or pizza!
  • Another option in preparing this sumptuous meal is this Instant Pot Minestrone recipe.
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5 from 6 reviews
Vegetarian Minestrone Soup
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 bowls
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hr 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons  extra-virgin olive oil  (divided)
  • 1  yellow onion  (chopped)
  • 5 cloves  garlic  (pressed or minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried oregano 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  dried thyme 
  • 1 teaspoon  fine sea salt 
  • 2  medium carrots  (peeled and chopped)
  • 2  ribs celery  (chopped)
  • 1  medium zucchini  (chopped)
  • 2 cups  butternut squash  (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons  tomato paste 
  • 1 can  (28 ounces) diced tomatoes  (with juice)
  • 6 cups  vegetable broth 
  • 1 cup  green beans  (or sweet peas)
  • 1 can  (15 ounces) pink beans  (rinsed and drained)
  • 1/8 teaspoon  red pepper flakes  (or more)
  • 1/8 teaspoon  ground black pepper 
  • 2  bay leaves 
  • 1 cup  small shell pasta  (or elbow)
  • 2 cups  baby spinach  (fresh)
  •  Juice of 1 lemon 
  • 1/3 cup  Parmesan cheese  (freshly grated for garnish - optional)
  •  Chopped parsley  (for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Place a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once the oil is shimmering, add the chopped onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add the garlic, carrot, celery, zucchini, butternut squash, tomato paste, dried oregano, dried thyme and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring often for about 10 minutes, or until the veggies softened.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes with the juices and the vegetable broth.
  4. Add the green beans, pink beans, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and stir.
  5. Lastly, add the bay leaves.
  6. Increase heat to medium-high and bring the soup to a boil, then partially cover with the lid, leaving about a 1” gap and reduce heat to low-medium for a gentle simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the lid and add the pasta and simmer uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked al dente and the veggies are tender. If needed add more broth.
  8. Fold in the spinach and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  9. Remove the pot from the heat, and discard the bay leaves.
  10. Stir in the lemon juice and the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  11. Serve warm, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.
Calories: 253 Carbohydrates: 31 Protein: 7 Fat: 12 Saturated Fat: 2 Cholesterol: 4 Sodium: 1588 Potassium: 656 Fiber: 4 Sugar: 9 Vitamin A: 10205 Vitamin C: 31 Calcium: 150 Iron: 2
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Amber Myers

I'll be making this for sure. I love to have soups in the winter and this is a tasty one!

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Tasheena

Yummy! This recipe is really going to come in handy for those cold winter days. Looking forward to trying this recipe.

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Janelle M

YESSS Ma'am.. THANK YOU! I am 100% vegan (since 2012) so you KNOW this is PERFECT for me! I printed the recipe. Making it this weekend.

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Tammy

Yum. Even though I am a meat-eater, I still love anything made with just veggies. Thanks for sharing.

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Jamie H

Your minestrone looks delicious! It's definitely soup weather lately, so I'll keep this recipe in mind!

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Beth

It looks delicious! I haven't made minestrone soup before but will have to try this recipe. We're moving towards a plant-based lifestyle, so I'm always on the lookout for good recipes that I don't need to modify!

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Gervin Khan

Soup is one of our favorite dish to make and to have most especially during cold season and I'll make sure that I am going to make this recipe for my family, so delicious!

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Amy H

This looks soo good! Winter is the perfect time for making soups! I mean, there's nothing wrong with new soups every day! I will have to try this.

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Swathi

This vegetarian Minestrone soup looks delicious I am going to give it a try. My daughter loves minestrone soup.

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Lynndee

I don't think I've ever had minestrone soup before. But I love all the veggies in it. Bet it's good.

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GiGi Eats

This looks so hearty and scrumptious!!

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Terri Steffes

My grandmother made a good minestrone but I don't think she called it that. I am pretty sure she called it something fancy like vegetable soup with macaroni! :)

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rika

That looks so good! I love healthy soup, can't wait to try this.

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