Bowl of Soup

Minestrone Soup


This is my version of the delicious Green Minestrone from Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals 2.  I vary the ingredients according to what I have on hand so the soup changes each time I make it, but the basic recipe is an excellent template for a really yummy soup.  If you have some pesto sauce in the fridge, it makes a great garnish for this soup.


Minestrone Soup


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 lb prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium zucchini, diced
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 can (15 oz) white cannellini beans, drained (or 2 cups of home cooked canellini beans)
  • 1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, drained (or 2 cups home cooked garbanzo beans)
  • 8 cups chicken broth (homemade broth tastes great in this recipe)
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta
  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or basil (or a combo of both)


  • Heat a soup pot over medium high heat. Add oil and prosciutto and then saute for 2 minutes before adding onions, celery, garlic, bay leaf and zucchini to the pot. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Saute another 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add white beans, garbanzo beans and chicken broth to the pot, cover and bring to a boil.
  • Add pasta and green beans and cook 8 minutes, or until pasta is just tender.
  • Stir in spinach to wilt, 1 minute, Stir in grated cheese and ladel soup into bowls, Top with basil/parsley.

This post is participating in Sunday Night Soup Night, Fat Tuesday

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  1. I love minestrone, its such a versatile soup, and a great one-pot meal. Your version looks delicious! Thanks for sharing this with Sunday Night Soup Night, look forward to seeing you again soon!

  2. Nice recipe.
    Here’s another version I like as well.
    Thanks for sharing :)

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