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
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
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 : )
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 !!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.