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Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

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It’s hard to not go overboard when you’re at Olive Garden. From the Never Ending Pasta Bowls to the all-you-can-eat breadsticks and tiramisu for dessert, it’s pretty much a carbapalooza. Luckily, for people who want a lighter option, there’s Olive Garden minestrone soup.

This healthy, hearty vegetable soup is easy to replicate at home using a few pantry staples and fresh produce from your grocery store or farmers market.

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Yields1 Serving
Total Time50 mins
 2 tbsp olive oil
 1 cup diced onion
 ½ cup sliced celery
 ½ cup chopped carrots
 1 tbsp minced garlic
 2 tsp salt
 ½ tsp pepper
  cup tomato paste (about half of a 6-ounce can)
 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
 1 (15-ounce) can dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed
 1 small zucchini, halved and sliced
 ½ cup fresh or frozen green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
 ¾ cup small shell pasta
 2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
 ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
Saute the soffritto
1

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrots (aka soffritto or mirepoix).

Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Season the vegetables with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.

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Caramelize
2

Add tomato paste (here’s what to make with the leftover tomato paste), stir to coat the vegetables, and caramelize for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

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Add broth and tomatoes
3

Add the diced tomatoes and vegetable broth to the pot. Bring to a simmer.

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Toss in beans and pasta
4

Add the white beans, kidney beans and pasta to the pot. Simmer for 6-8 minutes until pasta is almost al dente.

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Stir in greens
5

Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the spinach, green beans and zucchini and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the spinach is wilted and veggies are tender-crisp.

Editor’s Tip: If you prefer your zucchini and green beans to be extra tender (no crunch) you can add them to the soup when you add the beans and pasta to extend their cooking time.

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Garnish with fresh herbs
6

Garnish the soup with fresh basil and parsley, ladle the soup into bowls and top generously with Parmesan cheese. We recommend serving a slice of Olive Garden chocolate lasagna for dessert.

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Tips for Making Minestrone Soup Just Like Olive Garden
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Here are our favorite tips for making the best Olive Garden minestrone soup from scratch!

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Ingredients

 2 tbsp olive oil
 1 cup diced onion
 ½ cup sliced celery
 ½ cup chopped carrots
 1 tbsp minced garlic
 2 tsp salt
 ½ tsp pepper
 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  cup tomato paste (about half of a 6-ounce can)
 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
 4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
 1 (15-ounce) can dark kidney beans, drained and rinsed
 1 small zucchini, halved and sliced
 ½ cup fresh or frozen green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
 ¾ cup small shell pasta
 2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
 1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
 ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

Saute the soffritto
1

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrots (aka soffritto or mirepoix).

Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Season the vegetables with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste.

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Caramelize
2

Add tomato paste (here’s what to make with the leftover tomato paste), stir to coat the vegetables, and caramelize for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

olive garden minestrone 110821 TOH 04 ADedit - Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

Add broth and tomatoes
3

Add the diced tomatoes and vegetable broth to the pot. Bring to a simmer.

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Toss in beans and pasta
4

Add the white beans, kidney beans and pasta to the pot. Simmer for 6-8 minutes until pasta is almost al dente.

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Stir in greens
5

Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the spinach, green beans and zucchini and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the spinach is wilted and veggies are tender-crisp.

Editor’s Tip: If you prefer your zucchini and green beans to be extra tender (no crunch) you can add them to the soup when you add the beans and pasta to extend their cooking time.

olive garden minestrone 110821 TOH 07 ADedit - Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

Garnish with fresh herbs
6

Garnish the soup with fresh basil and parsley, ladle the soup into bowls and top generously with Parmesan cheese. We recommend serving a slice of Olive Garden chocolate lasagna for dessert.

olive garden minestrone 110821 TOH 09 ADedit - Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

Tips for Making Minestrone Soup Just Like Olive Garden
7

Here are our favorite tips for making the best Olive Garden minestrone soup from scratch!

olive garden minestrone 110821 TOH 11 ADedit - Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

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