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
  • 1
    (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1
    (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
  • salt
    (l added a light sprinkle)
  • pepper
    (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)
  • garnishing
    kraft grated parmesan cheese, to garnish the soup (optional)

How to Make Hearty Minestrone


  1. Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large stock-pot over medium to medium-low heat.
  2. Add onion to the pot, and sauté the onion for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, and sauté the garlic for 1 minute.
  4. Add the remaining tablespoon of vegetable oil to the pot, plus the celery and carrots, and sauté the vegetables for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, great northern beans, potatoes, chicken bouillon granules, oregano, basil, salt and pepper.
  6. Cover 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.)
  7. While 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.
  8. Once the water comes to a second boil, which doesn't take long, cook the shells for 8 minutes; stirring the pasta frequently.
  9. Once 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.
  10. After 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.
  11. Top each bowl of soup with a bit of the parmesan cheese, if desired.

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