Hearty Minestrone Soup

The weather is getting colder, time to put a big pot of soup on the stove, whip up a batch of cornbread and serve up a delicious belly warming dinner. This Hearty Minestrone Soup will be just the recipe you need to do that!

Full of vegetables – onions, carrots, celery, green pepper, tomatoes and zucchini – comforting Italian spices and finished off the pasta, this easy to make soup is meatless, making it really good for you and also budget friendly.

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When we first spotted this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine, Doug wanted to add sausage to it. And although you could certainly add sausage or ground beef, you really don’t need it.

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This soup is very filling. Doug and I both enjoyed it, although our non-veggie loving boys wouldn’t touch it. We added Cornbread on the side and had a great meal.

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Hearty Minestrone Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Hearty Minestrone Soup

Hearty soup to warm you up on a cold day. Recipe on


  • 3 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, cleaned and chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes (we used fire roasted)
  • 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup pasta shells


  1. Cut all vegetables
  2. In a large pot on the stove, heat oil and cook onions about 2-3 minutes until tender
  3. Add the celery, carrots, zucchini, green pepper, and garlic; cook 3 minutes
  4. Stir in the water, tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, sauce and seasonings.
  5. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes
  6. Stir in pasta and cook 12-15 minutes or until tender
  7. Garnish with parsley, basil, or cheese if desired. Serve with Cornbread
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 Recipe adapted from Taste of Home Magazine


  1. this Minestrone Soup recipe looks delicious. the only draw back is. I don’t like garbanzo beans. is there any other bean that I can use in place of them.

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