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Hearty Meatless Minestrone Recipe

Hearty Meatless Minestrone Recipe

A friend gave me this quick, healthy recipe, and it's oh-so-tasty. It makes a big batch and is great for leftovers. To enhance the flavor, add a pound or two of sweet Italian sausage. —Mickey Turner, Grants Pass, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped cabbage
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup small pasta shells
  • Fresh basil leaves and shaved Parmesan cheese, optional


  • 1. In a Dutch oven, saute onion in oil for 2 minutes. Add the celery, carrots, cabbage, green pepper, zucchini and garlic; saute 3 minutes longer. Stir in the water, tomatoes, beans, tomato puree, tomato sauce and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • 2. Stir in pasta; cook 12-15 minutes longer or until tender. Garnish each serving with basil and cheese if desired. Yield: 8 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cup: 191 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 664mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 7g fiber), 6g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 3 vegetable, 1 fat

Reviews for Hearty Meatless Minestrone

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Reviewed Nov. 12, 2015

"This is a staple in our house...great soup!!"

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"Wow, multiplied times 5 and made this for a meatless dinner at our church. They loved it and many said it was the best soup they'd ever none. My husband put it together and he was glowing with all the grateful compliments."

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2013

"This is simply THE BEST winter soup. It's hearty, warm, the cayenne gives it just a little kick, low calorie, my family LOVES this soup!"

Reviewed Feb. 26, 2011

"A very good minestrone recipe. Makes a lot!"

Reviewed Nov. 10, 2010

"I loved all the veggies in this soup. I thought it needed more liquid, but I may have just added too much pasta. This is a great healthy recipe!"

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2010

"I substituted cannelini beans for the chickpeas and cut the recipe in half, also left out the cabbage. Soup was delicious!"

Reviewed Apr. 30, 2010

"I made the recipe and I liked the chunky veggies. I had left out the tomato sauce because I didn't have any. I could not tell the difference. Next time, I will substitute kidney beans for the chickpeas."

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2010

"I actually added a little sausage to make my meat eating hubby happy and we both loved this hearty veggie packed soup."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2010

"I have made this recipe a couple of times. It is very good. I reduced the amount of cayenne pepper on the second batch when one of my kids said it was a bit too spicy."

Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"I just gave this to my kids for dinner; I used my immersion blender to blend out the chunks, and my son loved it! And I do too!"

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"This is wonderful!

I substituted red beans for the garbonzo beans.
I've never made minestrone before, but I will make this again!"

Reviewed Jan. 29, 2010

"I didn't add the tomato sauce. I also threw in some leftover meatloaf crumbles. It was very good. It was very tomatoey without adding the additional sauce and I felt like it really needed some meat~threw in a couple beef boullion cubes as well."

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