Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

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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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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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  • 11 of 11 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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  • 7 of 7 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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  • Incredible!
    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    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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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Too much sodium - 9/16/17

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! This tastes delicious and is an excellent replication of Olive Garden's soup. The only changes that I made were that I doubled the green beans and the tomatoes. I also used a frozen onion, celery, carrot mix to cut down on my chopping. I will definitely make this again! - 9/8/14

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Delicious! Added a little rosemary and whole wheat rolls with a little parmesan!!! - 7/15/13

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    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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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    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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  • Incredible!
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    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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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    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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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    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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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    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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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    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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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    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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  • Incredible!
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    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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  • 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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  • Love Ministrone Soup!!!! - 9/13/19

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  • Nice recipe - 8/6/19

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  • thank you - 7/24/19

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  • I have made s ome thing like this in the past - 7/20/19

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  • Incredible!
    I put mine in the slow cooker all day. Great meal. - 7/18/19

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  • Looks good! - 7/4/19

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  • nice - 6/11/19

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  • very good - 4/22/19

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  • Incredible!
    Fantastic. I reduced the salt by using dried beans instead. Otherwise, the recipe was completed as provided. Tasted wonderful! Will definitely make again. - 1/25/19

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  • Good
    this is a good recipe, I have another that is even easier but higher in sodium. I will make it again. - 9/13/18

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  • Very Good
    Thanks for sharing - 9/2/18

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  • Healthy and hearty - 8/29/18

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  • Incredible!
    so healthy, with most of the carbs coming from beans. Good recipe! - 8/23/18

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  • Incredible!
    Delicious. - 8/4/18

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  • going to make this - 7/15/18

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  • I do like a good minestrone soup. Will be trying this one. I use canned beans and veggies with no added salt which drops the sodium a lot. - 7/11/18

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  • I need to make this. Looking for ways to bump up my carbs without adding lots of protein/fat. This looks like just the thing! - 5/31/18

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  • Very Good
    Love this soup - 5/8/18

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  • Love soups! - 5/7/18

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  • very good - 4/26/18

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  • Hearty and delicious soup! - 4/21/18

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  • Delicious!
    - 4/12/18

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  • Incredible!
    I love this minestrone soup recipe! Delicious - 4/1/18

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  • Incredible!
    A versatile recipe and I added a few of my remaining veggies from the refrigerator! - 3/17/18

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  • excellent! i like to add lean chicken to the soup to get a power bowl! - 2/26/18

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  • Looks good. - 2/22/18

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  • Incredible!
    This is the best minestrone soup recipe I have ever made. My family won’t eat any other kind. - 2/17/18

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  • Good
    Filling and great for cold days nights - 1/6/18

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  • This looks like a great recipe for this cold weather. - 12/30/17

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  • Very Good
    this tasted great. I like a fair amount of spices. - 12/30/17

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  • Sounds yummy - 12/28/17

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  • I leave out the zucchini, it gets too soft when reheating later. I don't know why they warn against chicken broth, which gives the soup a richer flavor. - 12/23/17

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  • Very Good
    A lot of ingredients but a good soup - 12/11/17

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  • great! - 12/3/17

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  • My favorite soup. - 12/2/17

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  • Incredible!
    Great Soup - 12/1/17

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  • Very Good
    great - 11/20/17

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  • Nice. - 11/7/17

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  • Incredible!
    Delicious and easy to make! Used comment below and did not drain tomatoes. - 11/7/17

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  • Fantastic soup any time of year especially this time of year! - 11/5/17

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  • very good - 10/31/17

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  • looks wonderful - 10/29/17

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  • Sounds very good! - 10/27/17

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  • This is a very delicious recipe that your whole family will love. - 10/25/17

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  • looks like an excellent food choice...tasty; nutritious,and low in calories aiding weight loss - 10/16/17

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  • Incredible!
    One of my favourites - but I also add in chopped up bacon to up the protein content! Yummo! - 10/7/17

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  • Great meal for a crisp fall day. - 10/5/17

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  • This soup sounds absolutely delicious. Looking forward to making it next weekend. - 9/17/17

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  • Great soup to have on a cold day. Yum! - 9/1/17

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  • I enjoyed this - 8/31/17

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  • I need to make this. - 8/22/17

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  • nice - 8/14/17

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  • very good - 7/25/17

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  • I like soup - 7/15/17

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  • Very Good
    Very delicious, would make again. I did add jalepenos - 6/15/17

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  • great soup... - 6/9/17

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  • Very Good
    This is good without the pasta too. My SIL hates minestrone but ate this and loved it (without pasta).
    - 5/30/17

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  • Incredible!
    Love this minestrone soup recipe! Yummy1 - 5/23/17

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  • Very Good
    great taste - 5/21/17

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  • sounds yummy... read comments that this is better than Olive Garden... I love Olive Garden' s soup. I would add mushrooms and fresh spinach too - 5/15/17

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  • Very Good
    Great recipe! - 5/11/17

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  • Love me some soup! - 5/9/17

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  • yummy - 5/2/17

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  • Incredible!
    I use the smallest seashells like Italian restaurants. Very good! - 4/26/17

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  • Really good - 4/26/17

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  • Very Tasty.
    11/2 cups per serving.
    - 4/19/17

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  • good - 4/15/17

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  • good for today - a dreary cool day - 4/13/17

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  • Incredible!
    Delicious, full of fiber ! - 4/11/17

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  • Incredible!
    So good! - 4/3/17

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  • Incredible!
    My favorite! I will leave out the pasta. - 4/2/17

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  • 0 of 2 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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  • Good
    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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  • Incredible!
    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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  • Very Good
    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 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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  • Incredible!
    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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  • Incredible!
    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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  • Incredible!
    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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  • Incredible!
    Outstanding! Thanks for the recipe. It is so easy! - 11/21/12

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

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