Flavorful Minestrone Soup with White Beans

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Minestrone Soup in blue dotted bowl, topped with shredded Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley

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This delicious version of minestrone soup is one of many variations that you’ll discover when searching for recipes. I always strive to give you the best flavor possible. Food that tastes good always makes for a more enjoyable experience!

When you trace back to the origin of this recipe, you’ll discover that it was created from whatever vegetables were on hand. This was also a great soup to create with leftovers. Today, you can still easily make this a unique recipe each time you make it.

The ingredients are simple and easy to find at most grocery stores. I love saving time (because time is money!) by getting everything in one trip, without making a special trip for ingredients. By using the pearl barley in this recipe, you’ll be adding a healthy dose of fiber, as well as B-complex vitamins, protein, calcium and iron to each bite.

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Minestrone Soup in blue dotted bowl, topped with shredded Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley

Quick Glance at Ingredients to Make Minestrone Soup:

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Yellow onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery stalks
  • Garlic cloves
  • Chicken broth
  • Tomato paste
  • Crushed tomatoes
  • Cannellini beans
  • Pearl barley
  • Bay leaves
  • Parmesan cheese rind
  • Italian seasoning
  • Baby spinach
  • Fresh parsley
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese

How to Make Minestrone Soup:

Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the veggies become soft and aromatic, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Add the chicken broth, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, white beans, pearl barley, bay leaves, and Parmesan rind. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir to combine.

Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and gently simmer until the barley is cooked through, approximately 20-25 minutes.

Stir in the chopped spinach and parsley. Simmer just until the spinach wilts, approximately 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and discard the bay leaves and remaining cheese rind. Serve immediately sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

Minestrone Soup in blue dotted bowl, topped with shredded Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley
Do you love Olive Garden's Minestrone Soup? Try this delicious gluten-free option at home and sit down to enjoy a bowl at the dinner table with your family within an hour!
Yield: 6 Servings

Minestrone Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Do you love Olive Garden's Minestrone Soup? Try this delicious tasty option at home and sit down to enjoy a bowl at the dinner table with your family within an hour!

Ingredients

  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 large celery stalks, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 c. chicken broth, preferably organic*
  • 2 T. tomato paste
  • 1 14-oz. can crushed tomatoes, with liquid
  • 2 14-oz. cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ c. pearl barley, rinsed and drained
  • 2 large bay leaves
  • 3” chunk Parmesan cheese rind
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • 3 c. baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • ¼ c. fresh parsley, chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 oz. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Instructions

    Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the veggies become soft and aromatic, approximately 4-5 minutes.

    Add the chicken broth, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, white beans, pearl barley, bay leaves, and Parmesan rind. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir to combine.

    Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and gently simmer until the barley is cooked through, approximately 20-25 minutes.

    Stir in the chopped spinach and parsley. Simmer just until the spinach wilts, approximately 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and discard the bay leaves and remaining cheese rind. Serve immediately sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

*For a thinner soup, add additional chicken broth

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 1759mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 12gSugar: 7gProtein: 20g

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