AN AUTHENTIC ITALIAN MINESTRONE SOUP RECIPE THAT’S FAST AND HEALTHY! MADE WITH CARROTS AND CELERY, DICED TOMATOES, KIDNEY BEANS, AND PASTA, THIS MEAL IS HEARTY AND LOADED WITH FLAVOR.
How to make Minestrone Soup
Happy Thursday! We’re taking a quick break from the sweets today to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year… SOUP SEASON!
Like many people, I love soup for the obvious reasons: it’s warm, cozy, delicious, and comforting. It’s soul food! But as someone who works from home and basically lives at my sink washing dishes (did I ever tell you we don’t have a dishwasher in our apartment?!)… I also love soup because I get multiple meals from one pot! I made this Italian Minestrone Soup last night, ate it for dinner, warmed up a bowl today for lunch, and will continue this pattern until the pot runs dry. If you don’t mind leftovers, soup can make your lunch life so simple and delicious!
This Italian Soup is easily the most flavorful version I’ve ever tasted!
My secret ingredient is pancetta. It’s salty, smokey, and seriously delicious. For our veggies we have onion, carrot, celery, spinach, garlic, and green beans. You’ll also add kidney beans, crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bone broth, Cannellini beans, elbow macaroni, and fresh basil! Finally, you’ll finish the soup off with a fat squeeze of lemon and Parmesan cheese. Those are all of the main minestrone soup ingredients needed for this recipe!
↑How could the combination of those ingredients not be delicious?!? (Seriously just stopped typing right here to go grab another bowl of this soup… I can’t stop!)
Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success:
- I call for bone broth in this recipe because I find it more flavorful and nourishing. If you can’t find it, feel free to sub regular broth instead.
- You’ll also notice I call for chicken bone broth as well as beef bone broth. This gives the soup INCREDIBLE flavor! But again, if you’re having an issue with this, you could use all chicken broth. I don’t recommend using all beef broth. I tried this once and found the broth a little too… meaty tasting, if that makes sense? In my opinion, an equal amount of both will give you the best tasting soup.
- Same thing goes for the beans! I love the combination of Kidney beans and Cannellini beans, but you can use two cans of one variety if preferred.
- You can use fresh or frozen green beans, and if you’re using frozen, don’t worry about thawing them first.
- While I adore elbow macaroni for this recipe, you can use almost any small pasta noodle. I’ve made this with ditalini and even baby bow ties.
- If you happen to have a Parmesan rind in your fridge, toss it in the broth and let it simmer. This adds even more flavor and depth to the broth.
If you’re looking for a meal that’s hearty, healthy, and so comforting, this Italian Minestrone Soup is for you!