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Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Today I want to share a soup that I have been making for years. This wonderful minestrone soup is easy to make and is packed with vegetables making it great for lunch or as a compliment to your dinner. I like to make a large pot so I have it for several days as it makes a nice lunch. This is a great recipe for people who do not like meat in their minestrone soup but still want a lot of flavor. You could consider adding other vegetables like a tender cabbage. Using different types of tomatoes and tomato paste also helps with the rich flavor. A little brown sugar adds a bit of sweetness to the tomatoes but could be omitted depending upon the tomatoes being used. This recipe is similar but yet different than my Minestrone Slow-Cooked Stew. I believe this Vegetable Minestrone Soup is lighter than the slow-cooked stew and can be suitable during the summer. I normally would not serve my Minestrone Slow-Cooked Stew during the warmer weather since for me it is classic comfort food. I hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know how your Minestrone Soup compares to mine!

Vegetable Minestrone Soup 2

Step 1:
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 large sweet onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced

Step 2:
1 cup celery, diced
2 cups carrot, diced
1 cup potato, diced
1 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp dried basil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Step 3:
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
Tomato paste, optional

Step 4:
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 bay leaf

Step 5:
1 15 -ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 large or 2 small zucchini, diced
1 cup soup pasta

Topping:
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil

Sauté the ingredients from Step 1 until the sweet onion is tender. Typically I add the garlic during the last minute so it does not burn. I like to then add the ingredients from Step 2 and let them simmer for a few minutes to release their flavors. Add the ingredients from Step 3 and I let the tomatoes simmer for about 15-minutes before adding the ingredients from Step 4. Once the vegetables are close to being tender I add the ingredients from Step 5. Often I will cook the soup pasta before adding it to save some time. I like to serve this soup with fresh Parmesan cheese and it is wonderful with some chopped fresh basil. Enjoy!!

10 thoughts on “Vegetable Minestrone Soup

  1. That looks delicious! I wish it were on my lunch menu. 🙂

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks. I always enjoy it for my lunch when I make it. It is great to quickly have a nice lunch when I am at work.

  2. This looks delicious!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! It is one of my favorite lunch-time recipes. Or when I want to add a soup to a dinner.

  3. Sheryl says:

    Looks yummy! Minestrone Soup is a wonderful comfort food.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks Sheryl! It is really good and yet light enough for the summer if you want a soup.

  4. Sophie33 says:

    I love this kind of tasty soup too,…like a one pot meal! A big bowl, please! ☺️

    1. Bernice says:

      That is true – a one pot meal!! Doesn’t get much better than that!! 🙂

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you for reblogging!

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