Tender veggies, hearty beans, and pasta settled into a tomato-y broth … Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is what cozy dinners were made of. We’ve been living on minestrone all winter long, and we’re not slowing down for spring, either.
Minestrone is a hearty Italian soup made with beans, veggies, and pasta in broth. Whether or not your minestrone recipe is considered genuine depends on a few factors – like what area of Italy or the Mediterranean does your recipe come from? (Read more about the definition of minestrone here.)
I will disclaim that this recipe is my very own, straight from my American kitchen. I have no Italian blood flowing through my veins (sadly) – at least, none that I know of. I do think my version of minestrone is simple and delicious! And I hope you like it too.
I often think of minestrone as more of a formula than a recipe – a mirepoix, some garlic, tomatoes, broth, and beans (sometimes I’ll add some winter squash and/or potatoes too), and then after it all simmers for awhile, I’ll add any tender veggies and the pasta, and finally a finish of greens and parsley.
Usually, I take stock in what veggies I have in the fridge that need to get used up. Next, I make sure I have a can of beans on hand, a bit of pasta hanging around at the bottom of a box somewhere, and some veggie broth in the pantry or freezer.
Some minestrone recipes call for pancetta or chicken broth, but this one is an entirely vegetarian minestrone recipe. I rely on a parmesan rind for flavor, but if you leave it out, it can be vegan too.
We begin with a mirepoix – onions, carrots, and celery sautéed in olive oil.
Next up we have garlic, a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes, beans (kidney beans are my go-to), vegetable broth, and a parmesan rind. If you’re okay with dairy, the parmesan rind is key for adding loads of flavor. So good.
Once the soup has simmered for a bit, I then add zucchini and pasta.
And then lastly, we add baby spinach and parsley along with any additional salt and pepper.
I love that vegetarian minestrone uses up the bits and ends in the fridge, is super budget-friendly to make (that matters these days!), and always makes for delicious leftovers. One pot lasts us almost all week sometimes! So I thought it was high time I shared the recipe. Scroll on for the printable full meal deal!
Oh hey! I published another minestrone soup recipe back in 2013! This one is a bit different with optional sausage and more broth, but it’s the formula I’ve been working with for many years now. (Also, I remember thinking those photos were pretty darn good!)
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This Tuscan Bean Stew with loads of beans, kale, and rosemary is a total keeper.
Omit the parmesan rind and parmesan topping.
Sub cooked rice or a gluten-free pasta.