27 Reviews

I love Minestrone soup alot ever since I had it for the first time at the Olive Garden restaurant in Orlando. I have been desperately wanting to have the recipe. Thank you so much for posting this! I made this for dinner tonight using Maggi vegetable broth with onions as a substitute for the chicken and beef broth. Also, I used Pure Wesson Canola oil as a substitute for the olive oil and I used ghee as a substitute for butter. I had to omit the zucchini and leek since I did not have those on hand and I'm not a big fan of them either. This soup was very nice and made me warm. Thank you for sharing the incredibly good recipe on Zaar!

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Charishma_Ramchandani January 23, 2004

This was a wonderful recipe. I added some italian seasoning and it was perfect. I served it with fresh italian bread.

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kbksmama March 15, 2004

Delicious. I used a pound of bottom round, but into bite size pieces and simmered covered for one hour before adding 1/2 cup Ditini pasta. DELICIOUS and easy! Thanks for the recipe

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ItalianMomof2 January 03, 2016

I made some slight modifications but stuck to the basic recipe. At step 2, I added the carrots, celery, onions, and potatoes (no leeks on hand so not added) - did not really measure and probably doubled in some cases. Add next 5 ingredients & saute for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. I didn't have chicken broth so added bouillon to approx. 3 cups of water with the beef broth. I did not add salt and pepper and it didn't really needed it...but I'd suggest taste testing based on the broth you use :). I like a more "bonded" soup so I simmered for about 3 hours before adding beans (only lightly rinsed). After about 30 minutes I added ditali pasta and let that go for 15 minutes. The taste was restaurant quality!

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Tish January 04, 2015

This was good, but a little too much fat. I boiled the ribs from Christmas prime rib for the stock so there was some fat in there too. I used 6 cups of that not half beef, half chicken. Also used 3 green onions instead of leeks and chopped up the little bit of meat off the bones and added that. No zucchini. I broke the spaghettis into about 1" pieces but it was too weird. I think a more substantial pasta would be better, bow ties, maybe.

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sheepdoc December 29, 2013

I liked it.

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AshyBrian May 23, 2013

So simple and so good.. The only addition I used was bay leaf. I was worried about the lack of spices. There was nothing to worry about - it was soo good.

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Marianneee November 09, 2010

Add another five stars, this delicious soup is very deserving of them. We enjoyed this great soup, so easy to make and the recipe is now in our favorites file. Another of CountryLady's great recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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Dotty2 May 19, 2010

My kids love minestrone but I don't care for it. Made this and ... I'm now a fan! This was so good and healthy! Great recipe! Did as told and it was easy to put together and then wait :) YUM

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Make It Easy! January 14, 2010

I was hungry for some vegetable soup since it is soooo cold here in Baltimore. I didn't have any beef so looked at several minestrone recipes before deciding on this one because I had everything called for. I had small bags of lima beans and collard greens from my garden. I had some sweet potatoes I needed to use up, so chopped one of those up for one of the potatoes. Surprisingly, it didn't taste sweet at all as I feared and actually tastes good in the soup. I added an extra teaspoon of beef base, a half a can of tomato paste, used stewed tomatoes and added some italian seasoning, savory, marjoram, bay leaves and garlic. It's very good with some parmesean cheese on top and bread and butter. Lots of good things in this soup!

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msjenjenp January 10, 2010
Maggie's Minestrone Soup