Hearty Meatless Minestrone Recipe
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Hearty Meatless Minestrone Recipe

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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.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min.
MAKES: 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

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


  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).
Originally published as Hearty Meatless Minestrone in Taste of Home February/March 2010, p85

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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 eaten...bar 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!"

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