Minestroni Soup


One of my favorite soups is the minestrone soup. This is the perfect recipe. It is very similar to the minestrone soup in Olive Garden, Which I love. (in fact I think mine is better ;) )


  • tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium minced onion
  • 1 cup of chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup frozen cut italian green beans
  • 3 stalks of chopped celery
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 4 cloves minced garlic 
  • cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can small white beans, drained
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 large tomatoes grated
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups hot water
  • cups fresh baby spinach 
  • 1/2 cup small shell pasta

Directions:

  1. 1 Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.
  2. 2 Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans, carrots, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.
  3. 3 Add vegetable broth to pot, plus tomato sauce and grated tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water, and spices.
  4. 4 Bring soup to a boil,  then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. 5 Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency. Taste your soup and adjust salt and pepper if you need to.