Minestrone Soup Recipe – Easy single serving soup recipe made with vegetables, bacon and pasta. The perfect recipe when you are craving a great bowl of hearty soup but don’t want the leftovers.
Minestrone soup has always been one of my favorite soups to order when eating out at our favorite Italian restaurants. In fact, if you’re a fan of Olive Garden restaurants in the United States, minestrone soup is one of their most popular menu items.
It’s also one of my favorite soups to make at home.
What Is Minestrone Soup?
Minestrone soup, the Italian soup made of mixed vegetables and beans is also a soup that can be made with any number of your favorite vegetables and ingredients.
It’s kind of like a “clean your pantry out” soup and the recipe itself is very flexible.
In addition to being a flexible recipe in terms of ingredients, Minestrone is an easy soup to make. It’s also hearty enough to be a meal in itself.
How To Make Minestrone Soup
You really can’t mess up a good minestrone soup. I use canned beans and canned tomatoes along with frozen vegetables to keep it simple. Feel free to use same amounts of fresh vegetables and fresh chopped tomatoes instead.
See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.
- chopped onions
- Worcestershire sauce
- canned beans
- diced tomatoes
- mixed vegetables
- chicken broth
- salt & pepper
- small shaped pasta
- Begin by cooking the chopped bacon in a soup pot. After the bacon has crisped, remove the pieces from the pot and set them on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Add the onions and garlic to the pot and sauté until tender.
- Add beans, mixed vegetables, tomatoes, the cooked bacon, chicken broth and a splash of Worcestershire sauce.
- Finally, add the pasta which will cook while the soup continues to heat. I used Conchiglie pasta and they look like small seashells.
This minestrone soup recipe is very flexible. I most often use chicken broth because that is what I always keep in my pantry, feel free to use beef or vegetable broth instead.
Can I Add Other Vegetables To Minestrone?
Yes, you absolutely can! One of the best things about Italian minestrone soup is that it’s a clean-out-your-fridge kind of soup. Use what you have on hand or what’s in season. A few favorites include:
- green beans
Can I Make Vegetarian Minestrone Soup?
Yes, skip the bacon and use a good vegetarian broth instead of the chicken broth.
Tips For Making The Best Minestrone Soup
- Cook the pasta until it is al dente (meaning it has a little bite to it) because it will continue cooking after you remove it from the stove.
- If you aren’t eating the soup right away, cook the pasta separately and add it to the minestrone when you are ready to eat it. Otherwise, the pasta will get mushy.
- Remember to customize your soup with ingredients you already have. From small shaped pastas to beans and vegetables, any will work well here.
- Consider adding a protein to your soup. Make a chicken minestrone using leftover chicken or beef minestrone made with cooked ground beef.
- Use rice instead of pasta. If you choose to use rice, I recommend cooking it separately to ensure it is properly cooked.