Cold winter days mean soup season and homemade soup is one of my favorite things to keep warm and cozy. This delicious One Pot Minestrone Soup is filling, flexible, and full of flavor. Enjoy it with warm crusty bread or garlic bread to soak up all that tasty soup broth.
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This Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is the perfect comfort meal!
Classic Minestrone Soup is the perfect soup, especially when it’s chillier outside as it will warm you up and fill up your belly with nutritious goodness. Where I am, it rains pretty often, so making comfort meals like this homemade soup is my go-to very often.
It’s important to make soups like this one, that have a variety of vegetables that are fresh and locally produced so that you get the best benefits available! It’s also a great way to use leftover veggies you have on hand.
This kind of soup of soup is made with mirepoix which is composed of celery, onions and carrots to build up a wonderful flavor base. Fresh veggies and veggie broth complete the base for this Italian soup.
Then you add the fiber-rich pasta and the red kidney beans which are a nutritious plant-based protein. And finally, you garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs which just enhances the flavor of the soup and make it oh-so-yummy!
Quick one-pot meal recipes are my favorite because dishes are not my favorite thing to do. This cozy minestrone soup is not only aone-pot meal but also a hearty, healthy, and filling one, too. The best part is no fancy ingredients are needed
Why you’ll love this hearty soup
- It’s a delicious soup, packed with plant-based protein and a great option for busy weeknights.
- It’s super versatile as you can use seasonal veggies or even leftover vegetables.
- This good soup is flavor-filled and can be enjoyed on its own or as a side dish. You can have the leftovers for lunch too.
- You won’t believe it but this vegetable soup tastes even better the next day.
- The simple and easy minestrone soup can be used for weekly meal prep.
- It’s a healthy soup which is and filling nutritious too. Your whole family will absolutely love it!
- The best part about this excellent recipe is it’s super versatile. You can use seasonal veggies or even leftover vegetables.
Key Ingredients to make the one pot Minestrone soup recipe
Vegetable broth: Intensifies the vegetable flavor of this vegetable soup.
Onion: Adds amazing flavor and aroma to this traditional minestrone soup.
Celery: Balances the sweetness of tomatoes and provides the rounded, earthy taste that makes this a hearty soup.
Carrots: They are a great vegetable aromatic base and the sweetness of carrots adds flavor to the soup.
Tomatoes: A can of tomatoes brings out the flavor of the vegetables adds depth and texture to the healthy soup
Red kidney beans: A can of this plant-based protein makes this soup both nourishing and filling.
Pasta: For extra heartiness in the soup.
Along with those ingredients, you will need olive oil, garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, black pepper, parmesan cheese and fresh basil
Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.
How to Make Simple One Pot Minestrone Soup
Step 1: Saute onions
- Heat up olive oil in a large soup pot or large pot, add in chopped onion, and sauté for 2 minutes stirring occasionally until the onions are fragrant and translucent.
Step 2: Add the other aromatics
- Add in chopped celery and carrot and continue sautéing for another 2 minutes until vegetables have softened slightly and are fork-tender.
Step 3: Add seasonings and herbs
- Add in minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and black pepper. Give the mixture a good stir and cook all those together until they’re fragrant.
Step 4: Add tomatoes and broth
- Add in organic diced tomatoes and vegetable broth, then bring to a boil. You want to thicken the broth and soften the vegetables.
Step 5: Add pasta
- Add pasta in and cook until the pasta is fully cooked (about 10 minutes).
Step 6: Prepare then add the red kidney beans
- Drain and rinse the beans then add them to the pot. Bring to a boil, salt to taste if needed, and turn off the heat.
Step 7: Garnish and serve
- To serve, divide soup between serving bowls and garnish with shredded parmesan cheese and fresh basil (optional). Enjoy!
How to store leftover soup
- To store leftover soup, let the soup cool then store it in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the refrigerator, then reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until warmed through.
- The pasta can absorb additional moisture as it sits overnight, so if needed, add additional veggie broth to help thin the soup before reheating the next day.
- To freeze, let the soup cool then place it in a freezer bag or freezer-safe container leaving 1/2 inch head space for expansion. You can freeze for a month but the cooked pasta absorbs moisture and expands so it becomes mushy when reheating. So you can defrost the soup completely in the refrigerator for a day or 2 then reheat lightly on the stovetop or in the microwave.
- Adjust the vegetable broth to make this as thick or thin as you prefer.
- If you’d like to freeze the soup, cook until the pasta is al dente only so it doesn’t become mushy.
- Use gluten-free pasta to make this recipe gluten-free.
- Use small pasta cuts like macaroni, mini shells, or ditalini so that each spoon of the soup contains pasta.
- You can add red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
- Use organic and BPA-free canned tomatoes and beans for this recipe as they’re healthier and save time when cooking.
- Gradually add in each ingredient as this soup cooks fast and can quickly burn.
This soup can be a full meal on its own. You can serve soup with olive oil garlic bread, soft homemade dinner rolls, or crusty bread to soak up the delicious soup broth. You can also have it with a Caesar salad or Cabbage Salad. Another amazing idea is to serve it as a starter when making Lasagna Roll Ups to complete an Italian evening dinner table.
Since this soup has some canned ingredients, let’s talk a little about BPA (bisphenol A). You should definitely look for Organic and BPA-free cans when buying canned food. Why do you want to avoid BPA? The short answer: it is a chemical that can disrupt your hormones. According to a study by Scientific American, BPA is also linked to the obesity epidemic in children. How scary is that? We as parents should just take action and protect our children and ourselves from this chemical.
Other healthy soups which you can enjoy
The Easy Healthy Cauliflower Soup with cheese is an easy and quick soup filled with vegetables and cheesy goodness.
This Easy Homemade Zuppa Toscana Soup with Kale is an Italian soup meaty, hearty, and chock full of flavor.
The Homemade Comfort Pea Soup with Croutons is flavorful, creamy, and nutritious soup to try.
More Soup Recipes To Try
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Simple One Pot Minestrone Soup
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- ½ yellow onion, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- ¼ tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- 14 oz organic diced tomatoes, (1 can, no salt)
- 6 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup pasta
- 14 oz organic kidney beans, (1 can, drained & rinsed)
- parmesan cheese, shredded for garnish
- fresh basil, chopped for garnish
Heat up olive oil in a soup pot.3 Tbsp olive oil
Add in chopped onion and sauté for 2 minutes.½ yellow onion,
Add in chopped celery and carrot and continue sautéing for another 2 minutes.1 stalk celery,, 1 medium carrot,
Add in minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, salt, and black pepper. Give the mixture a good stir.1 clove garlic,, ¼ tsp dried oregano, ¼ tsp dried basil, 1 tsp salt, ½ tsp ground black pepper
Add in organic diced tomatoes.14 oz organic diced tomatoes,
Add in vegetable broth, then bring to a boil.6 cups vegetable broth
Add pasta in and cook until the pasta is fully cooked (about 10 minutes).1 cup pasta
Add in organic kidney beans. Bring to a boil, salt to taste if needed, and turn off heat.14 oz organic kidney beans,
Garnish with shredded parmesan cheese and fresh basil (optional).parmesan cheese,, fresh basil,
- Use BPA Free can for organic red kidney beans.
- Using any other beans that you have on hand is great, but know that taste will vary per bean type.
- Use Gluten Free Pasta to make this recipe gluten free.
- Leave out the celery if you don’t like the taste, or chop it very thinly.
- Add species according to your taste.