Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Total Time
3hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs

Posted in response to a request. This is a wonderfully hearty soup that is pretty close to Olive Garden's. We used to go there several times a month when I lived close and get the soup and bread sticks. Mmmmmm

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Slowly saute finely minced onion, celery and carrot in butter until very brown.
  2. Add peas and beans and about 3 quarts of water.
  3. Cook slowly until beans are almost done (check garbanzos- they will take the longest) about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Add the remaining vegetables, rice and spices and more water if necessary and cook another hour.
  5. About 20 minutes before serving time add the macaroni and more water if needed.
  6. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Serve with crusty garlic bread.
Most Helpful

Wonderful Soup, great on a cold and windy day! Absolutely loved it, will definately make again. Thanks Tish!

Soupnut November 15, 2003

If you think this recipe isn't close to OG's then look up "Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup by Todd Wilbur" on this website. I think it is much closer to the original but Chef #1111125 would be a better judge . . .

momof3nadog March 02, 2009

I made some changes to this recipe such as adding 2 Italian recipe cans diced tomatoes. I was surprised to see that there was no tomatoes and it made this recipe amazing! I also used vegetable broth instead of plain water. I omitted the rice and used canned beans (Chickpeas, light and dark kidney beans, and canned green beans.) I also added 1/2 tsp. thyme and was hesitant to use the soy sauce, but I added it and this has to have been the best minestrone I have ever tasted!

nsomniak6 December 19, 2005