My Favorite Ministrone Soup

Posted on September 10, 2012. Filed under: Food | Tags: , , , , , |

My Favorite Ministrone Soup


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 200g (about 2 cups) green beans, trimmed and cut into  1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cans (14-ounce or 400g per can) chopped/crushed tomatoes
  • 2L (7 cups) chicken broth
  • 1 (15-ounce or 400g) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 75g (3/4 cup) elbow or spiral pasta
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • grated parmesan cheese & chopped basil to top soup


Heat the olive oil in a very large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds.

(For the record, I love Lazy Garlic – it’s already minced and ready to go.  I use garlic cloves  a lot, but when I am in a hurry I use my lazy minced garlic!  Aren’t little convenieces like that great when you’re short on time?)

Add the carrot and it begins to soften, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the green beans, dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste; cook 3 more minutes.

Add the diced tomatoes and the chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer 10 minutes.

(I love storing cans of diced tomatoes in my pantry.  They are the healthiest option for pasta sauces-much better than flour thickened white sauce.  Mmmm… chicken, pasta & tomato sauce with fresh herbs like oregano & basil!)

Stir in the kidney beans and pasta and cook until the pasta and vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.  If your pot can’t hold all the goodness, share the love and spread it between two pots.  Season with salt and add 3 tbsp fresh basil.  Stir well.  Ladle into bowls and top with the parmesan and chopped basil.

I grow my own basil in my kitchen window sill.  Planting parsley, cilantro and basil seeds in window sill pots saves money and tastes 1000x more flavorful than dried herbs.  Using fresh herbs tends to lend to using less salt in recipes = which is much better for our health!

Drum roll please.

Presenting My Favorite Minestrone Soup…

Enjoy this scrumptious, warm, soothing soup with 8-10 friends.


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