Classic Minestrone Soup is a staple of Italian cuisine, renowned for its hearty blend of vegetables, beans, and pasta. This soup is a perfect comfort food, packed with nutrients and flavors, and is especially ideal for those chilly evenings or as a nutritious family meal.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 small eggplant, diced (optional)
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup small pasta (like ditalini or elbow macaroni)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh spinach or kale, chopped
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery, cooking until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the minced garlic, diced zucchini, and eggplant (if using), and cook for another 5 minutes, until the vegetables are slightly tender.
  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes (with their juice), vegetable broth, kidney beans, pasta, oregano, and basil. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked and the vegetables are tender.
  5. Add the chopped spinach or kale in the last few minutes of cooking, allowing it to wilt.
  6. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  7. Serve the soup hot, topped with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Protein: 10g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • Serves: 6-8 people

Classic Minestrone Soup is not only delicious but also versatile. Feel free to customize it with your favorite vegetables or whatever you have on hand. This soup is a wonderful way to enjoy a variety of veggies in one meal. It’s hearty, filling, and brings a touch of Italian warmth to your dining table. Enjoy

this delightful bowl of soup with a slice of crusty bread for dipping, and let the rich and varied flavors transport you to the heart of Italy. Whether as a main course or a starter, this soup is sure to satisfy and nourish.

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