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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 190.1
  • Total Fat: 4.0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 822.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 30.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 9.0 g
  • Protein: 8.9 g

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Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Submitted by: SLM624
Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Introduction

This recipe tries to copy the Olive Garden Minestrone Soup recipe. This recipe tries to copy the Olive Garden Minestrone Soup recipe.
Number of Servings: 8

Ingredients

    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1/2 cup minced white onions (about 1 small onion)
    1/4 cup chopped zucchini
    1/4 cup frozen cut italian green beans
    1/4 cup minced celery (about 1/2 stalk)
    2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
    4 cups vegetable broth (*note: Do not use chicken broth!*)

    1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans , drained
    1 (15 ounce) can small white beans or great northern beans, drained
    1 /2 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
    1/2 cup carrots, julienned or shredded
    2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
    1 teaspoons dried oregano
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon dried basil
    1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    1 1/2 cups hot water
    3 cups fresh baby spinach
    1/3 cup small shell pasta

Directions

Heat two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.

Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.

Add vegetable broth to pot, plus drained tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water, and spices.

Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency.

Makes about eight 1 1/2 cup servings.






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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    better than olive gardens! (i hate their minestrone but dear husband loves it) --I also did not drain my tomatoes, added a jalepeno, and a dash of paprika. I also ended up added a few more cups of hot water towards the end. FREAKING DELICIOUS!!! - 12/7/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    It was delish. I changed it a bit -- i didn't drain the tomatoes and didn't add the hot water. Used the whole can of tomatoes and added more veggies. Used whole wheat shells. Would definitely make it again. - 10/2/11

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This soup is wonderful and tastes just like O.G. - 7/25/10

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Thanks for the recipe! Turned out great. My husband went back for thirds! - 4/30/09

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  • Made this recipe just as directed with the exception of adding a few more tomatoes. I made it early in the day and then heated it up for dinner. Rave reviews from the family on both taste and texture. My DH wanted to know if we had the ingredients to make another batch right away! - 2/16/14

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    What can't you use chicken broth of this soup, I just made 6 quarts of homemade chicken broth, and a crime to use boxed vegetable broth.

    - 1/13/14

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  • Delicious! Added a little rosemary and whole wheat rolls with a little parmesan!!! - 7/15/13

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  • This was very good. I added more of the veggies and added potatoes and tomato paste. would make it again. - 5/9/13

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  • Just made this today its great!!!!! I added 1Tsp of Cayenne pepper for a spicy kick and black beans drained and washed. Umum good. - 3/18/13

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  • What additional veggies did you put in the soup? - 3/10/13

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  • I am a vegan and I like Olive Gardens minestrone soup its one of the few things I can eat when out with the family. This was a good copycat. Left out the salt all the can veggies and beans had enough salt to cover. - 2/18/13

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  • I made this soup a few weeks ago for an event and it was a hit. I made a few changes, more veggies then the amount in recipe. Could not find Italian beans so used regular just as good. Used beef broth too. Making it again this weekend can't wait. - 1/30/13

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  • My family loved this. I doubled the recipe and added 2 cans of tomato sauce and one of tomato paste at my son's request,. was wonderful.It - 1/27/13

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  • This is my 4th time making this soup and it's a double batch, it's also the only time I changed a few things. I used a 15oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes w/garlic and a 28oz can of whole tomatoes I didn't drain either cans. I also added 1 Tbsp. of tomato paste. I love this soup! - 1/25/13

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  • This is a really good recipe..i followed the recipe the first time I made it and it turned out really good but I wanted it to be a little more tomato-y so the next time i mixed a couple table spoons tomato paste in with the hot water which made it better in my opinion. - 1/3/13

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  • This beginner-style recipe yields delicious results! We added 1 cup broth and 1 cup water to the pot after having it simmer on the stove for an hour. Replaced canned tomato with fresh chopped tomato. Will make again! - 12/31/12

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  • This was an exceptional soup. I don't eat at Olive Garden enough to know what that soup tastes like, but this was the best minestrone I have ever made. I also did not drain the tomatoes, and I used beef bouillon cubes with hot water since I could find not reasonably priced vegetable stock. - 12/30/12

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  • Very Good! We made it exactly as the recipe said the first time,it was very good,next time e used vegetable bouillon cubes,much better! added extra broth delicious!! - 12/28/12

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  • This recipe was absolutely delicious and so filling!! It was much better than O.G.'s. Originally it was on the blander side, but I added more garlic and a couple of shakes of tabasco which did the trick! I will be freezing single portions for lunch this month. - 12/11/12

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  • Absolutely wonderful! Added a little all beef kielbasa for my "meat lover" husband and he thought it was wonderful! - 12/2/12

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  • Outstanding! Thanks for the recipe. It is so easy! - 11/21/12

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  • Recipe was good, but after putting the EXACT ingredients and the EXACT amounts that are stated on this recipe, I found the taste of the broth (which is the taste that counts) a bit bland. I had to improvise with garlic salt and peppers which make it much better. Lots of room for experimenting! - 11/10/12

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  • I substituted beef broth for vegetable broth since that's what I had in my pantry and my husband said it was BETTER than Olive Garden's minestrone! Definitely making it again! - 9/30/12

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  • This is just like Olive Gardens! Did not change it in any way. - 9/18/12

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  • Loved this! Even my picky kids ate it. Didn't change a thing. - 9/6/12

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  • I cannot print out the directions. The only thing that prints is the ingredients. - 9/1/12

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  • Awsome soup! Went exactly by the receipe and the soup turned out great. I will admit I didn't like it as good right after I cooked it as I did after it was frozen. Something about freezing it seemed to really bring out the flavors. Thanks for the receipe. Will definitely be making again. - 8/24/12

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  • Excellent soup!! - 5/8/12

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  • This was a huge hit! I used my homemade veggie broth with no salt and omitted the 1 tsp salt in the recipe due to dietary restrictions of some I was serving. Still was really good and those that wanted a bit of salt just added some to their own bowl. Added a bit more tomato too. - 3/9/12

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  • This is a great recipe! It tasted similar to olive gardens. I followed the recipe except for I used 2 cans of stewed italian style tomatoes undrained in the soup. I also added garlic salt and increased the amount of the dried and fresh herbs. - 2/6/12

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  • I just made this soup, I have to say that it is awesome.. I do not live close to an olive garden, but from memory, this soup taste just like theres..thanks for posting this great recipe... - 1/12/12

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  • Very very good. Not exactly Olive Garden but reasonably close. My daughters both loved it too...definitely going to make again soon! Thank you for this! - 1/1/12

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  • I eat OG's minestrone soup all the time, and this does not taste anything like it. That being said, this soup is still VERY GOOD and is one of my new favorite recipes! Will be making this often : ) - 12/5/11

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  • This is honestly one of the best recipes on Spark. It is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you! - 11/7/11

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  • make this all the time. add a few changes; I use 2 non drained cans of fire roasted tomatoes. 1 can of corn drained. I add 2-3 stalks celery. handful of snow peas. about 1/4th cup white wine. also add garlic salt, celery salt, and onion powder to taste. original is great too though !!! - 10/27/11

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  • My family just loves this one. I've tried lots of copy cat recipes, but this one is best. Also, if you are a WW person, it is only 4 points! Woo Hoo - 10/1/11

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  • Fabulous, just what I was looking for. Thanks for sharing this! - 9/19/11

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  • I made this soup for lunch for my husband and I and we both loved it. Very healthy and delicious. I added 2 extra cups of vegetable broth and a a tad bit more of the spices, no extra salt though. - 9/2/11

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  • Loved by the whole family and none of them have any idea what Olive Garden is ;-) Next American trip will now have to include a trip there.
    I did use chicken stock which worked out fine plus the whole can of tomatoes. It was also a very easy recipe to make. - 6/30/11

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  • I have made this soup several times. It is super tasty! A big favorite! - 6/24/11

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  • My husband is a huge fan of this soup at OG & is thrilled with this recipe. His only complaint is the spinach clumps the way it came out when I made it, but he eats around it. I think if I ripped the leaves up pretty small he'd be okay with it. - 6/23/11

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  • This is very good. I eat it with some shredded parm. cheese. I cook meat on the side for my husband to add, but I think it is great without meat and would prefer to omit those calories.... - 12/18/10

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  • I love Minestrone soup at Olive Garden. Hope to make this and enjoy it very soon. It's great, thanks for sharing. - 12/15/10

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  • I'm pretty crazy about Olive Garden, i even worked there, and this soup didn't taste the same at all. Despite that, it was DELICIOUS and I will make it again! - 11/2/10

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  • This soup is delicious! I've made this more than once and it comes out perfect every time! :) - 10/17/10

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  • This soup is delish. If you're wondering if you should make it, do it. - 9/5/10

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  • bellisima - 2/28/10

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  • Oh, YUM. Made a few changes, but this is an awesome recipe. Changes: Less oil used by virtue of a misto, increased vegetable amounts, and used 1 whole can of fire roasted tomatoes for depth of flavor. TASTY!! And a wonderful meal on icy cold days like this. - 2/12/10

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  • Delicious!!
    Thanks for sharing! - 1/10/10

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  • Can I give it 10 stars? I'll be making this soup to take to work on the day we bring homemade soup in for everyone!! WOW!!! I'll make this soup often, I'm sure! Great taste and very easy to prepare! What else could you ask for? - 12/29/09

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  • My daughter made this and it was great!! She did add shredded chicken for her husband but it was exceptional! - 11/12/09

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  • Best soup I ever made! thank you , Pat - 10/21/09

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  • I made a few adjustments because my fiance is a picky eater but this recipe was a great place to start for someone like me who has never made a soup from scratch! I would suggest it to anyone. - 10/5/09

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