Hearty Minestrone

"This is a great vegetarian meal in itself. Add a panini or grilled cheese to the side for those two-handed eaters in your house. Small shaped pasta such as orzo or ditalini work best, but you can experiment with others. I find the flavors meld overnight and even tastes better as left-overs."
photo by Starrynews photo by Starrynews
photo by Starrynews
photo by Peter J photo by Peter J
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  • Bring broth, beans, and tomatoes to boil in large saucepan.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  • Add onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Stir in broth mixture and pasta and simmer until pasta is tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in vegetables and basil and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper.

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  1. Starrynews
    Wonderful soup! So flavorful and delicious, and very quick to make. I used chicken broth, shell pasta, and fresh carrots, zucchini, red pepper, and green beans. Thanks for sharing! PAC Spring '12
  2. Gerry
    Wow - we are soup lovers and this is another awesome soup for my soup collection. Other then using a selection of fresh vegetables I made as posted with chicken broth and ditalini ... and yes it looked as wonderful as in Peter J's photo which enticed me into the making! The best part - it tasted as good as it looked. Served with crusty rolls made for a lovely weekend lunch. Thank you for sharing.
  3. Peter J
    Really loved this! The fresh basil I had was in a sad state so instead used a combination of a little dried basil along with a combination of some fairly mild fresh & dried herbs. I also didn't have a can of cannellini beans so used a can of chick peas instead, that's probably worth a try because being a bit firmer they suited the soup perfectly.
  4. Sydney Mike
    Am not particularly a fan of mixed frozen veggies, so steamed a variety to use here ~ peas, carrots, a little corn, green beans (no limas), a little cauliflower & zucchini ~ & used vegetable broth instead of the chicken kind! Seasoned with lemon pepper instead of the usual S&P, & the result was a VERY TASTY soup, worthy of any table! Thanks for sharing! [Made & reviewed as a kidnapped recipe in the Aus/NZ Recipe Swap #16]


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