Vegetable Soup Minestrone

Vegetable Soup Minestrone

Minestrone is a thick soup of Italian origin made with whatever vegetables are in season, often with the addition of pasta or rice, and served with Parmigiano on the side.

8 servings
Preparation 20 min
Cooking 1 h

240 calories per serving 


1 onions, finely chopped   200 g
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped    
1 stalk celery, finely chopped   70 g
4 carrots, one finely chopped, the others diced   400 g
2 tbsp olive oil   30 mL
1 tsp salt   4 g
1 3/4 cup green/snap beans, diced   180 g
5 zucchini, diced   650 g
3 potatoes, peeled, one whole, the others diced   600 g
4 cups chicken broth   1 L
2 cups red beans (canned), rinsed and drained   500 mL
1/2 cup frozen peas   60 g
  ground pepper to taste    
2 cups water, to cook the rice   500 mL
3/4 cup rice, long grain   160 g

Before you start

A pressure cooker will be useful to reduce the cooking time from 50 min to 15 min


  1. Prepare the vegetables: Finely chop the onion, garlic, celery, and one carrot. Dice the other vegetables, keeping one potato whole.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the finely chopped vegetables, then sauté 5 min, with occasional stirring, until softened. Add the remaining vegetables, and salt, then cook 5 min with frequent stirring.
  3. Pour in the broth, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, about 45-50 min, until the vegetables are softened. If using a pressure cooker, the cooking time is reduced to 15 min. Mash the whole potato, using a fork: the soup will be smoother. Add the red beans then cook 5 additional min.
  4. When ready to serve, add about ¼ cup (65 ml) of water per serving and bring to a boil. Add about 20 g of rice per serving. Cover, and cook over low heat until al dente, about 10 min. Add pepper to taste then ladle the soup into bowls. Serve.


This soup keeps up to 7 days in the refrigerator or up to 4 months in the freezer. Rice should not be added before refrigerating or freezing, but later when the soup is reheated.

Nutrition Facts Table

Nutrition Facts

per 1 serving (510g)


% DV*

* DV = Daily Value




3 g

5 %

Saturated 0.5 g
+ Trans 0 g

2 %


0 mg


660 mg

27 %


48 g

16 %


8 g

31 %


6 g


7 g

Vitamin A

120 %

Vitamin C

25 %


6 %


10 %

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Servings of Canada's Food Guide

1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to:

Vegetables and Fruit: servings
Grain Products: ¾ serving
Milk and Alternatives: 0 serving
Meat and Alternatives: ¼ serving

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Free :
Added Sugar, Cholesterol, Trans Fat
Low :
Saturated Fat
Source of :
Calcium, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Selenium, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc
Good source of :
Copper, Niacin, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6
Excellent source of :
Fibre, Folacin, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin K

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This recipe is in the following categories: Vegetables | Soups | Halal | High Fibre | Kosher | Low Cholesterol | Low Saturated Fat | Italian

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