Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

READY IN: 3hrs 20mins
Recipe by TishT

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

Top Review by Soupnut

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

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.

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