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Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone

If you’re looking for a great soup that’s also a meatless meal, look no further than this minestrone.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Comfort Foods, soups, vegetarian dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: asparagus soup, copycat recipe, minestrone, vegan recipe, vegetarian recipe
Servings: 8
Calories: 137kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 small white onion minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 medium zucchini sliced, then cut slices in half
  • 1 medium yellow squash sliced, then cut slices in half
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup celery sliced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 15 oz cans cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
  • 2 15 oz cans red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
  • 14.5 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 4 cups vegetable stock see NOTES
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 cup small pasta shells or ditilini
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan or Romano cheese

Instructions

  • Heat oil over medium heat in a large (8-10 quart) stock pot. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, parsley and celery. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until onion becomes translucent.
  • Add the vegetable stock, water, cannellini beans, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, herbs and salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add the pasta and baby spinach; stir. Cover and simmer for another 20-30 minutes.
  • Stir in the grated cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

I used Knorr concentrated vegetable stock (2 tubs) reconstituted with 4 cups water. If you cannot find Knorr, Better Than Bouillon vegetable stock may be substituted. Use 3-4 tbs reconstituted with water.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 916mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 3425IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg