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Best Minestrone Soup

This is the Best Minestrone Soup recipe.  It's just like the minestrone soup you love at your favorite Italian Restaurant.  It's a classic Italian soup recipe loaded with vegetables, rich broth and topped with delicious parmesan cheese. It's so easy and your family is going to love it. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
cooling time5 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 154kcal
Author: The Carefree Kitchen


  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil avocado oil is the next best substitute
  • 2 cups Chopped Onion chopped small, a white or yellow onion works best.
  • 2 teaspoon Minced Garlic fresh is best but the jarred garlic works fine too
  • 2 large Carrots Whole carrots, peeled and cut into ¼" slices
  • 1 ½ cups Cauliflower Washed and chopped into ¾" chunks
  • 1 small Zucchini washed, sliced and quartered
  • 2 cups Shredded Cabbage pre-shredded works great.
  • 1 ½ Quarts Chicken Broth Vegetable Broth works great too.
  • 1 28 oz can Italian Stewed Tomatoes Crushed or diced
  • 2 cans Kidney Beans (drained)
  • ¾ cup Macaroni Pasta or sub your favorite small pasta
  • 1 tablespoon Parsley dried
  • 2 teaspoon Basil dried
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano dried
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese Mozzarella works great too.


  • In a large dutch oven or stockpot, add the olive oil and chopped onion. Saute on medium heat until the onions are soft and lightly golden brown. (about 8-10 minutes)
  • Add the minced garlic, carrots, and cauliflower. Saute 2 for minutes longer.
  • Add the remaining ingredients ( Zucchini, cabbage, shredded cabbage, tomatoes, beans, pasta, and herbs and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat to medium and cover with a lid. Let simmer for about 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally or until the pasta and veggies are tender.
  • Ladle into bowls. Can sprinkle some parmesan or mozzarella cheese on top if desired. Serve. 



Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 1066mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3145IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 1mg