If you are in a hurry, you can just use canned beans and increase the vegetable broth to 6 cups. The cannellini beans can be made the day before, stored in their broth and used when you make your soup. This is how this becomes a "quick" minestrone.
In the winter/spring I use frozen green beans and canned tomatoes from my summer garden and fresh chard which grows like a blessing all year round. In the summer, in goes the ubiquitous zucchini. This quick minestrone has about 7 servings of veggies in each bowl! Submitted by: MADDY_AVENA