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Minestrone Soup Recipe

This hearty Minestrone soup is a flavorful Italian soup, packed with various colorful vegetables, broth, beans, and pasta. Not only is this Minestrone soup delicious and comforting, but also really nutritious! Perfect for lunch or dinner on a cool autumn day.

Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10
Calories 161 kcal
Author on lilluna.com


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can (15 ounce) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 13 cups water
  • 7 teaspoons beef bouillon
  • 6 teaspoons chicken bouillon
  • 1 can (15 ounce) kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1 Parmesan rind (optional)
  • 1 cup miniature shell pasta
  • 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cabbage chopped
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup fresh spinach packed
  • Parmigiano Reggiano freshly shredded


  1. Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium heat and add the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes until onions are tender. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds. Stir in the seasonings and then the water, bouillon, kidney beans, barley, and Parmesan rind. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

  2. Add the pasta, garbanzo beans, and cabbage, cover and simmer 10 more minutes. 

  3. Add the green beans and peas and cook covered for another 5 minutes. Stir in the spinach. Serve soup topped with Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts
Minestrone Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 443mg19%
Potassium 533mg15%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 4045IU81%
Vitamin C 21.6mg26%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.