Katzen's Minestrone (Vegetarian)

"I'm famous for my Minestrone and here's the recipe--it's vegetarian and very good. Feel free to sub vegetable stock for the homemade stock - but if you have time and the ingredients, make the stock homemade - it's so much better that way! You'd need about 8 cups of broth."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • Part One: The Broth.
  • Remove the papery skins from the garlic heads and break them into cloves.
  • Whack the cloves with the broad side of a wide knife.
  • Combine everything up to and including the thyme in a large pot and bring to a boil.
  • Cover, lower the heat, and simmer for an hour.
  • Strain the stock and use right away, or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to four days, or freeze up to six months.
  • Part Two: The Soup.
  • Sauté onions in oil, until they are starting to soften.
  • Add carrots, peppers, zucchini, garlic, basil, oregano, chili flakes, and turn down to medium-low and cover, stirring frequently, until the veggies start to soften a bit.
  • Add diced tomatoes and broth, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a simmer, cover, and allow to cook for 45 minutes or so.
  • Add drained and rinsed beans.
  • Add pasta, and cool immediately or pasta will start to break down and fall apart.

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  1. Marsha Mazz
    Excellent! I made a big pot and kept it in the fridge for a few days - it got better every day!
  2. Studentchef
    I really enjoyed this recipe! For the stock I used the vegetables as a side dish for the same meal as the soup, because it was already cooked and flavoured. I used 6 very large cloves of garlic and fresh cauliflower, because I like to buy it fresh every week. For the pasta, I used elbow macaroni, which worked very well.
  3. Sydney Mike
    Made this the other day when my son & DIL were over (since they're vegetarians) & they really loved it, as did the 2 of us! The only real change I made was to season it with lemon pepper instead of the usual S&P (well, I also used fresh cauliflower, but that was no biggie)! WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL SOUP & a great keeper of a recipe! Thanks for sharing it! [Tagged & made in Please Review My Recipe]
  4. Milissa-t
    I made this last weekend and it went over so well that I just finished another pot of it. This beats any minestrone I have ever had including "Olive Gardens". Thanks for posting!
  5. CassieCasserole
    Too tomatoey. Thought it would taste better by the next day, unfortunately it did'nt. Added extra garlic and Italian seasoning which helped a tad


I'm a now vegan who used to make one heck of a souvlaki. I love cooking, I was a huge fan of Moosewood and Molly Katzen prior to going vegan (although that has nothing to do with my choosing the name Katzen - that's just what my German Grandma has called me all my life.) Aside from cooking, I also love scuba diving, cycling, politics, and reading.
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