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Classic Minestrone Soup Recipe

‘Tis the season for movie marathons, Netflix binge-watching, and home-cooked comfort foods. Our minestrone soup recipe will fill your apartment with the delicious smells, while filling you with nutritious veggies. So while you cozy up under a blanket on your couch until spring, you can ease your guilt about skipping the gym. It’s a win-win!

The recipe is super flexible, so you can experiment with different ingredients (zucchini, chickpeas, quinoa, you name it). You can even add a protein like diced ham, crumbled sausage, or shredded chicken for a heartier soup.  If this is your full meal, serve it with cornbread or buttermilk biscuits on the side!

Classic Minestrone Soup Recipe

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup diced yellow onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 large carrot, diced
  • 1 ½ cups green beans, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 28-ounce can diced and no-salt-added tomatoes
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup macaroni
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese to garnish


  1. Melt the butter in a heavy pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Cook, stirring, until ingredients begin to soften, about five minutes.Classic Minestrone Soup Recipe
  3. Stir in the green beans, dried oregano, and basil and salt and pepper to taste; cook for about three minutes until the beans are bright green and just tender.Classic Minestrone Soup Recipe
  4. Add the diced and crushed tomatoes and the chicken broth to the pot.Classic Minestrone Soup Recipe
  5. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in the kidney beans and macaroni and cook for another 10 minutes.
  7. Taste and add salt if necessary.
  8. Ladle into bowls and top with Parmesan cheese. I recommend being heavy handed here!

Classic Minestrone Soup Recipe

Meghan Morrissey

Boston Food Editor

When Meghan is home from her global travels as a pharmaceutical marketer, you can find her tapping back at a spin class or tapping into Boston's restaurant and bar scene. She's never met a Belgian waffle she didn't like and lives by the motto work hard, brunch harder.

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