Nourishing Minestrone Soup

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Nourishing Minestrone Soup is packed with fiber-rich vegetables, chickpeas, and fire-roasted tomatoes. Equal parts hearty and healthy, this easy 1-pot soup is sure to satisfy.Minestrone soup in a white bowl topped with Parmesan

Why You’ll Love this Homemade Minestrone Soup:

A riff on the classic Italian minestra, this recipe is brimming with fiber-rich produce: sweet potatoes, kale carrots, and onions. Beyond it’s comforting and nourishing nature, I love this soup for its practicality. It’s convenient for make-ahead lunches, or a simple weeknight dinner alongside a salad and fresh bread.

And since all soups and stews are better the next day, leftovers are an absolute dream.

Make a big batch over the weekend and you’ve got lunch prepared for the week. In fact, it’s proven to banish the Sunday scaries while setting you up for a week of success.

And, if you still end up with leftovers, stick them in the freezer and you’re a quick reheat away from pure comfort on your next weeknight in.Blue Dutch oven filled with minestrone soup

The Ingredients:

I love this recipe for its wholesome ingredients and versatility. There are really no rules when it comes to minestrone soup –  use whatever veggies you have on hand, add some beans, pasta, and just let it simmer!

  • Carrots + Celery + Onion: A classic trio of vegetables used as the foundation in countless soup recipes.
  • Potatoes: Use sweet potato, russet, red, or Yukon gold potatoes. Alternatively, use butternut squash in the fall and winter months.
  • Garlic: If you’re a garlic lover like me, the sky is the limit in terms of how much garlic you can use. I suggest at least 5 cloves.
  • Pasta: I use Banza chickpea pasta shells, which add a one-two punch of fiber and protein to keep you full longer. Chickpea pasta is also naturally gluten free.
  • Beans: I prefer using either chickpeas or Great Northern Beans, however kidney beans also work great.
  • Kale: Another nutritional powerhouse in this healthy minestrone recipe that packs on additional vitamin A, vitamin C, and a hefty dose of vitamin K. Alternatively, you can use spinach or Swiss chard.
  • Tomato Paste: To amp up the umami and bright tomato flavor, tomato paste is a MUST!
  • Diced Tomatoes: I prefer using fire-roasted diced tomatoes for added depth of flavor.
  • Herbs: This soup is flexible enough to use either dried or fresh herbs. If you have fresh on hand, I love using a mix of thyme and rosemary. Dried herbs like Italian seasoning and dried oregano are also great options. 
  • Broth: Use homemade or store-bought vegetable broth, or chicken broth if not making the soup vegetarian.

How to Make:

Step 1: Sauté Aromatics

Heat oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add onion, carrots, and celery; cook until softened, about 8 minutes.

Stir in garlic, tomato paste, and potatoes; cook 5 more minutes, until the tomato pasta turns brick red and garlic is aromatic.Onion, carrots, and celery sautéing in a pot

Step 2: Add Remaining Ingredients and Simmer

Stir in vegetable broth, water, chickpeas, fire-roasted tomatoes, herbs, salt, and pepper. Increase heat to bring mixture to a simmer. Gently simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Stir in pasta, and continue simmering, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until pasta is al dente. Broth, beans, tomatoes, and pasta being added to stock pot

Step 3: Stir in Kale and Parmesan

Remove bare thyme sprigs. Stir in kale and sprinkle in Parmesan cheese; cook 3 more minutes, until kale is wilted.

Ladle soup into bowls and top with additional shaved Parmesan, cracked black pepper, and a drizzle of quality olive oil, if desired. Kale and parmesan being stirred into a pot of soup

Is Minestrone Soup Healthy?

This nutrient-rich soup is packed with SIX different vegetables, plus chickpeas, and herbs. It’s wonderfully warm, comforting, and loaded with nutrients—namely vitamins A, K, and C, plus lycopene and potassium

Additionally, the chickpeas and pasta (I use Banza chickpea pasta shells) add a one-two punch of fiber and protein to keep you full longer.

If you’re looking to add extra protein to the soup, I recommend diced ham or pancetta (sauté at the start), or shredded rotisserie chicken (stir in at end).

How to Store and Reheat:

  • To Store: Refrigerate leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To Reheat: Rewarm leftovers in a small saucepan on the stove over medium heat until warm. Alternatively, you can nook individual portions in the microwave in 30 second increments, stopping to stir each time, until warm.
  • To Freeze: Freeze minestrone soup for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Bowl of minestrone soup with a soup resting on the right side

More Healthy Soup Recipes to Try:

One Pot Curried Lentil Soup

Lemony Greek Chickpea Soup

Nourishing White Bean and Lemon Soup

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5 from 6 votes

Nourishing Minestrone Soup

Nourishing Minestrone Soup is packed with fiber-rich vegetables, chickpeas, and fire-roasted tomatoes. Equal parts hearty and healthy, this easy 1-pot soup is sure to satisfy.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings

Equipment

  • Large Stock Pot or Dutch Oven

Ingredients  

  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups peeled and small cubed potato of choice (sweet potato, russet, or Yukon gold)
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (15.5-oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (sub Great Northern Beans or kidney beans)
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 8 thyme sprigs
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper
  • 2 scant cups dry pasta of choice (I use Banza chickpea pasta - shells or fusilli)
  • 1/2 bunch lacinato kale, stems and ribs removed, chopped (sub 2 packed cups of spinach, or Swiss chard)
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
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Instructions 

  • Heat oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Once hot, add onion, carrots, and celery; cook until softened, about 8 minutes.
    Stir in garlic, tomato paste, and potatoes; cook 3 to 5 more minutes, until the tomato paste turns brick red and garlic is aromatic.
  • Stir in vegetable broth, water, chickpeas, fire-roasted tomatoes, fresh thyme sprigs, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Increase heat to bring mixture to a simmer. Gently simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, until potatoes are just shy of fork tender.
    Stir in pasta, and continue simmering, uncovered, for 10 minutes, or until pasta is al dente. 
  • Remove bare thyme sprigs. Stir in kale and sprinkle in Parmesan cheese; cook 3 more minutes, until kale is wilted.
    Ladle soup into bowls and top with additional shaved Parmesan, cracked black pepper, and a drizzle of quality olive oil, if desired.

Notes

  • To Store: Refrigerate leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • To Reheat: Rewarm leftovers in a small saucepan on the stove over medium heat until warm. Alternatively, you can nook individual portions in the microwave in 30 second increments, stopping to stir each time, until warm.
  • To Freeze: Freeze minestrone soup for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 770mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 13g

I calculate these values by hand to ensure accuracy, however expect up to a 10% variable depending on food brands.

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6 Comments

  1. Mallory H says:

    5 stars
    I love soup season and I’ve been making lots of different soups for a LONG time. This soup is the BEST soup I have ever had! I make it with the Italian seasoning and spinach options. I can never find fresh thyme so I use a tsp of dried thyme. It’s so good my husband eats 3 bowls of it every time I make it.

  2. Kyle says:

    5 stars
    I don’t recall ever having kale in a soup before. When I took my first bite, well, it was like hearing Elton John for the first time. I just didn’t realize how complete my life could be. There wasn’t a single part of this dish I did not appreciate. Thank you for this recipe.

  3. Theresa Parada says:

    5 stars
    This was so good! I added a little bit of chili powder to spice it up a bit. The whole family loved it. I’m so glad a friend sent me your IG and website for vegetarian recipes.

    1. Jamie Vespa says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this one, Theresa! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!

  4. Noel says:

    5 stars
    This was so hearty and delicious! I drizzled a little EVOO on top and it made it just that much more savory. Thank you!

    1. dishingouthealth says:

      Hi Noel, I’m so glad you enjoyed the soup!! Love the sound of an EVOO drizzle overtop for extra richness