Hearty Minestrone

Cindi Bauer


This is one of two really delicious minestrone soups I enjoy making. While this minestrone is made without meat, it is packed with lots of flavor, an abundance of vegetables, plus I added 2 kinds of beans to the soup. My family enjoys this hearty minestrone soup, and I hope yours will too!

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4 tablesp.
vegetable oil, divided
3 large
cloves garlic, minced
1 medium
onion, diced (about a 2/3 cup)
3/4 cup
thinly sliced celery
1-1/2 cups
sliced carrots, cut extremely thin
32 oz.
reduced sodium chicken broth
1 (15 oz.)
can tomato sauce
(14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
(15.5 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 (15 oz.)
can great northern beans, drained & rinsed
1-1/2 cups
chopped russet potatoes
1 tsp.
chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp.
dried oregano
2 tsp.
dried basil leaves
(l added a light sprinkle)
(l added 6 grinds from a pepper mill)
1/2 cup
small shell pasta
1 (good)
handful of baby spinach (stems removed, rinsed & patted dry with a paper towel, and torn into small pieces)
kraft grated parmesan cheese, to garnish the soup (optional)


1Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large stock-pot over medium to medium-low heat.
2Add onion to the pot, and sauté the onion for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes.
3Add the garlic, and sauté the garlic for 1 minute.
4Add the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pot, plus the celery and carrots, and sauté the vegetables for 2 minutes.
5Add the chicken broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, great northern beans, potatoes, chicken bouillon granules, oregano, basil, salt and pepper.
6Cover the pot, bring soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, and simmer the soup covered, for 30 minutes. (I stir the soup once or twice while it's simmering.)
7While the soup is simmering, in a small saucepan, add water to it, plus a little bit of vegetable oil, and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Bring water to a boil, then add the pasta.
8Once the water comes to a second boil, which doesn't take long, cook the shells for 8 minutes; stirring the pasta frequently.
9Once the pasta is cooked, drain pasta in a colander, and gently rinse it under cold water. Drain well, then set the pasta aside, covered, until it's time to add it to the stock-pot.
10After the soup has simmered for 30 minutes, add the cooked pasta and the spinach. Stir the soup, and then ladle the soup in to bowls.
11Top each bowl of soup with a bit of the parmesan cheese, if desired.