Minestrone soup is a classic Italian soup that is made with a variety of vegetables, beans, and pasta in a flavorful broth. The soup originated in the region of Liguria in Italy and has since become a popular dish all over the world. Minestrone soup is known for being a hearty and nutritious meal that is perfect for any occasion.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1 zucchini, diced
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup small pasta, such as elbow macaroni or ditalini
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft and fragrant, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the carrots, celery, and zucchini and cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
- Add the diced tomatoes, kidney beans, vegetable broth, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the vegetables are cooked through.
- Add the pasta and cook for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until the pasta is tender.
- Serve hot with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
- Use fresh, high-quality ingredients for the best flavor.
- Don’t be afraid to customize the recipe to your liking by adding your favorite vegetables or protein sources.
- For a creamier texture, you can add a can of tomato sauce or some heavy cream to the soup.
- If you are short on time, you can use canned vegetables instead of fresh ones.
- To make the soup even heartier, you can add some cooked sausage or ground beef to the recipe.