Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

One Pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is comforting and delicious. It’s packed with lots of flavors and vegetables!

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Of late, we have been on a major Italian food kick! I have always liked Italian good, it’s actually one of the first cuisines that I tried outside my (Indian!) food of course. But the Italian that we get in India is very Indian-ized I should say, just like everything else. You have Chinese food made the Indian way and Italian is no different. While I love that version too, over the years I have come to love the real Italian food. Hey as real as we get here, I have not been to Italy yet!

Few weeks back we were in San Francisco and we ate Italian 4 days in a row! Like at the end of it, even I was surprised. Because it usually happens that when I eat other cuisines for 2 days in a row, I badly begin to crave Indian food. I grew up eating my Indian food everyday so I can’t survive without eating it at least 3-4 times a week. It’s like we eat Thai and Italian for 2 days and then I want my paratha no matter what! So the fact that we ate Italian 4 days in a row without me dying for Indian food was quite strange, to say the least. Anyway so these days we have been visiting this local Italian restaurant a lot. I love their neapolitan pizza crust, so good and what I also love is their vegetarian minestrone soup. There are days when we go there, hubby orders a pizza while I order a big bowl of minestrone. They serve it with traditional ciabatta and it makes such a wonderful meal.

Veggie Minestrone Soup

Since I have been eating so much minestrone soup these days, I thought I should make it at home. That way I can eat it to my heart’s content and so I did and it turned out wonderful! Is this the traditional recipe? I don’t know I am not Italian so I don’t claim it to be authentic. Is it delicious, big YES!

This vegetarian minestrone soup is one pot, super easy to make and packed with delicious flavors. You can use a lot of veggies here, I stuck to the traditional ones like onion, carrots, celery, spinach. Here are few things which you should do to get that perfect bowl of vegetarian minestrone soup!

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe

use vegetable broth: yeah plain water won’t cut it. Okay I am not saying you can’t use water, of course you can but broth adds so much flavor

use elbow pasta: of course using any other pasta would also work, but elbow pasta is just so tiny and so perfect in this minestrone soup.

add some parmesan cheese to your broth while cooking the soup: this I actually learnt from the same restaurant that we go to. Once I asked them to not put parmesan on top of my minestrone and the waitress said but the broth has parmesan! I tried that at home, added just around 2 teaspoons of it to the broth and yes it made the soup very flavorful. You may add more!

add spinach or kale: personal preference, but I love these in my minestrone.

Hope you guys give my favorite minestrone soup a try! It’s super comforting and really a complete meal in itself. Let’s see how we make it.

 

Method

To a pan on medium heat, add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add chopped garlic. Saute for 30 seconds.

Add chopped onions and celery and saute for 2 minutes or so.

Add diced carrots and some salt. Cook for another 2 minutes, till veggies begin to soften a bit.

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe Step-1

Now add the cannelini beans and mix.

Add the can of crushed tomatoes and also add the Italian seasoning.

Add vegetable broth and mix till everything is well combined.
Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe Step-2

Add elbow pasta, stir and then cover the pan let it simmer for 5-6 minutes.

Open the pan, add chopped spinach, black pepper and grated parmesan cheese. Mix everything and cover the pan again.

Cook for additional 5-6 minutes or till the pasta is cooked. Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe Step-3

Ladle your vegetarian minestrone soup into serving bowls and top with some more parmesan cheese. Serve immediately!

Veggie Minestrone Soup Recipe

* I like using can of fire roasted crushed tomatoes in this recipe. You can use any tomato of your choice.

* You may use kale in place of spinach in this soup.

* I used cannelini beans in this soup which is traditionally used. You may use any beans of your choice, even chickpeas would be great!

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

One pot Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is packed with delicious flavors and makes a wonderful meal!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 174 kcal
Author: Manali
5 from 1 vote
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil, I used extra-light
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, diced, around 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 celery stick, chopped, around 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 2 carrots, diced, around 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1.5 cups roughly chopped spinach
  • 2/3 cup cannelini beans
  • 15 oz can crushed tomatoes, I used fire roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup elbow pasta, dry
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • salt, to taste

To serve

  • grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil

Instructions

  1. To a pan on medium heat, add olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add chopped garlic. Saute for 30 seconds.
  2. Add chopped onions and celery and saute for 2 minutes or so.
  3. Add diced carrots and some salt. Cook for another 2 minutes, till veggies begin to soften a bit.
  4. Now add the cannelini beans and mix.
  5. Add the can of crushed tomatoes and also add the Italian seasoning.
  6. Add vegetable broth and mix till everything is well combined.
  7. Add elbow pasta, stir and then cover the pan let it simmer for 5-6 minutes.
  8. Open the pan, add chopped spinach, black pepper and grated parmesan cheese. Mix everything and cover the pan again.
  9. Cook for additional 5-6 minutes or till the pasta is cooked.
  10. Ladle your vegetarian minestrone soup into serving bowls and top with some more parmesan cheese. Serve immediately!
Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Minestrone Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 174 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 1134mg 47%
Potassium 422mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 96.7%
Vitamin C 14.4%
Calcium 9.3%
Iron 11.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

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17 thoughts on “Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

  1. This is my kind of soup, Manali! I love that you have fully embraced Italian food. If I had to pick one type of food to eat the rest of my life, I’m pretty sure it would be Italian. A good minestrone is hard to beat…and I love that it comes with a nice piece of ciabatta. Yum!

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