Ingredients on hand
Yield: 6-8 servings
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 2 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 2-quarts chicken broth
- 2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup dry pasta, cooked (elbow, small shells or other small shaped pasta)
- 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained
- 1/2 cup frozen peas or green beans
- 2 cups dried beans, cooked and drained (or use canned beans)
- a couple handfuls Spring Green Salad mix or baby spinach
- 2 Tbs. fresh herbs, chopped
- adjust seasonings, if desired
- grated Asiago cheese or Parmesan cheese
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in dutch oven over medium heat; add celery, onion and carrots and cook 5-8 minutes stirring frequently. Add garlic and cook an additional minute.
Add diced tomatoes with liquid, broth, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Heat to boiling; reduce heat and simmer gently 15-20 minutes until vegetables are tender.
Stir in cooked pasta, kidney beans, peas, cooked beans and Spring Green salad mix. Cook 5 minutes more.
Ladle hot into bowls and grate on cheese.
I filled almost 4 quart canning jars. Enough to eat, freeze and share 🙂
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Maggie Ann says
Hi Lorraine, Your soup looks delish! Its the perfect meal for bitter cold weather. I have to confess loving to open 2 cans of Progrosso soup…one basil tomato and one any vegetable or wedding soup. Then I add pasta….and some quickly sauted celery and open a can of beans, rinse them and add big spoons of dried herbs and anything handy from left-over veggies. There, I've given you my secret soup recipe….lol. We love it, and it makes so much it lasts for several days. Hope you are cozy and warm! Maggie
I believe I have all the ingredients to make this. Looks good. We've been enjoying homemade chicken noodle soup, millet stew and last night I made chili and cornbread. It's been awfully cold here lately.
I could live on soup and minestrone is among my favorites! Thank you for sharing yours. I'm back after an extended break from blogging and looking forward to catching up with my blogger friends.
I make lots of soup and this recipe looks like one we would love. I have a soup maker which is one of the best kitchen gadgets i have 🙂 This is my first visit to blogs since Christmas so I pray that 2015 will bring many blessings and encouragement to you and your family x
FABBY'S LIVING says
This is got to be one one of my very fave soups and I'm loving yours sweet friend.
I'm specially here to wish a God's blessings for you and your lovely family; throughout this new year 2015.
Cynthia Chapman says
My favorite soup!! Thanks for posting I will be making this weekend!
That looks like a great meal for a cold winter day yum yum!! Enjoy ~Heather
It's beautiful, I'd love a bowl for lunch! Never thought I'd say this, but I'm looking forward to it warming up to 32 degrees tomorrow:@)
Love soup and it's so forgiving. Turns leftovers into a gourmet meal!
Ann Thompson says
This time of year I could live on soup if my husband didn't insist on having other things for dinner 🙂 This looks really good
Perfect for the cold winter weather!
Carol Z says
Soup and stew weather. I put a bowl of chili up and it was just right for today. Keep warm and cozy!
It is 16 degrees here today and I'm with you, the absolute perfect day for soup. We are soup lovers!
Tori Leslie says
Hey thanks for the recipe! Looks perfect for our below freezing weather!!
Have a great day!
Debbie Petras says
My husband loves minestrone soup. This recipe looks great and I love your suggestions. Thank you Lorraine. I will try it.
Blessings and love,