This Italian Minestrone Soup recipe will put you on a nice tour of the produce section of your grocery store. Minestrone is typically loaded with vegetables. In Italy, the vegetables available to the cook were what went into the soup. There are 8 vegetables in this Minestrone recipe. They are pretty easy to find. This soup is well worth the time spent shopping and prepping.
The trick with this soup is to vary the time each vegetable spends cooking. Some of them, such as the zucchini and the spinach require less time to cook than the rest. The Minestrone recipe is not exactly a set recipe. You can change up the vegetables to add. You might add or switch in some squash, cabbage, mushrooms, or even lentils. Whatever you think might work. And don’t forget to top this with the Parmigiano-Reggiano! (And if you like lentils, check out this lentil soup recipe!)
So here is my Italian Minestrone Soup recipe. Bon appetit!
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium sweet onion (diced)
- 3-4 cloves garlic (crushed)
- 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 5 cups diced tomatoes
- 2 fresh plum tomatoes (julienned)
- 2 cups cannellini beans
- 2 carrots chopped
- 4-5 pepperoncini (coursely chopped)
- 2 celery stalks (chopped)
- 1 medium zucchini squash (diced)
- 2 russett potatoes (diced)
- 2 cups chopped Baby Spinach (stemmed, rough chopped)
- 2 cups Ditalini pasta
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- kosher salt and black pepper
- Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (to taste)
Saute onions in oil for five minutes over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for five more minutes.
Add stock, tomatoes, beans, pepperoncini, carrots, and celery. Add bay leaves, thyme and Italian seasoning. Bring to a slow boil. Reduce heat to low-medium and simmer for 20 minutes. Check the salt and pepper seasoning.
Add the zucchini, potatoes, and ditalini. Simmer an additional 15 minutes. Add the Baby spinach and simmer for 15 more minutes.
Remove the bay leaves. Serve into a bowl, top with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. and mangia.