sallye bates


This is my skinny version of the Italian classic Minestrone soup. You will notice to cut down on the calories, that it calls for just a smidgen of pasta. However, I don't think it loses any of the flavor or goodness of the traditional version.

You be the judge when you try it.


★★★★★ 1 vote

4 generous servings
5 Min
40 Min
Stove Top


  • 2
    ribs celery
  • 1 medium
    white onion
  • 1 medium
  • 1 medium
  • 1 clove
  • 1/2 medium
    head of cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 can(s)
    diced tomatoes, 14-16 ounce size
  • 2 tsp
    fresh basil (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 tsp
    fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 4 c
    (32 ounces) chicken broth (low sodium/low fat)
  • 1 c
    green beans
  • 1/4 c
    quinoa or orzo
  • 1/2 tsp
    each salt and ground black pepper



  1. Clean celery and cut into 2" long pieces, place in food processor.

    Peel onion, quarter and place quarters in food processor.

    Peel garlic clove and add to food processor.

    Pulse until coarsely chopped. Set aside.
  2. Cut zucchini and carrot into thin slices.
  3. Shred cabbage coarsely.
  4. Place heavy large saucepan over medium high heat. Add olive oil.
  5. When oil just begins to "ripple", stir in the celery/onion/garlic mixture and cook, stirring frequently until vegetables are translucent (do not brown)
  6. Add carrots and cabbage and continue to cook, stirring frequently just until cabbage begins to wilt.
  7. Add tomatoes and beef broth to saucepan, then add spices.

    Add orzo or quinoa.

    Turn heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes at a low heat.
  8. Add water if needed to keep about 4 to 6 cups of liquid. The pasta will soak up a lot of liquid.

    Add zucchini and green beans, and continue to cook for about 10 more minutes until vegetables and quinoa are tender.
  9. Serve while hot.

Printable Recipe Card


Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: Italian

Show 5 Comments & Reviews

Summer Recipes That Spotlight Cucumbers

Summer Recipes That Spotlight Cucumbers

When thinking of summer vegetables, squash and zucchini are probably at the top of the list. But, cucumbers are abundant too and we think they deserve the same spotlight. While they are technically a fruit, for cooking many consider them and treat them like a veggie. From a classic cucumber, tomato, and onion salad to […]

24 Warm Weather Side Dishes

24 Warm Weather Side Dishes

When the weather gets warmer, relaxed summer dinners are a must. Grilling dinner becomes a weekly activity. But what to serve with your burgers, chicken, fish, or steak? Easy side dishes like grilled vegetables and lots of salads. Everything from grilled corn salad to fresh watermelon and cucumber tomato salad. Don’t worry… we’re sharing delicious […]

14 Summer Squash Recipes

14 Summer Squash Recipes

Summer produce is our favorite, especially summer squash! With so many delicious ways to prepare summer squash, it’s a healthy go-to ingredient during these warmer months. Yellow with a fat bottom that gets skinnier towards the neck, it’s very easy to differentiate summer squash from zucchini. No matter how you cut, cook or top it, […]