Minestrone Soup


(photo by: cookingclassy.com) 


Looking for a new soup recipe during these cooler fall months? Well, look no further!

Below is a simple and delicious minestrone soup recipe that’s easy to prepare.

I absolutely love the butternut squash in the recipe and think it just makes the whole thing BUT I do kind of have a pretty strong loving relationship with butternut squash soooo…hopefully you like it as much as I do!


  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 1/2 cups 3/4-inch diced yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups 3/4-inch diced butternut squash (I bought it pre-cut)
  • 1 medium zucchini, ends trimmed, sliced into half moons or quarters
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 tsp finely minced fresh rosemary or oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup dry ditalini pasta (optional)
  • 2 cups packed chopped kale (thick ribs removed)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can red or white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Shredded parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)


Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots and saute 3 minutes then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Stir in vegetable broth, potatoes, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil then and stir in pasta if using. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and and simmer until veggies are nearly tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in kale and kidney beans and cook until kale is tender, about 5 minutes longer. Remove bay leaves, serve warm with parmesan cheese.

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