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10 servings
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
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Minestrone Soup

Delicious minestrone makes for a hearty meal in itself.



  1. Heat oil in a large pot and sauté onion, celery, garlic, parsley and carrots, until limp. Add tomato paste and cabbage. Stir to combine.
  2. Add stock powder, water, sugar, rice, pasta, beans and lentils. Stir well and bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Great served with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese!
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I make Minestrone soup all the time. Planning to make it this weekend. I would add a little bacon. I would omit the sugar and rice. Reduce the pasta to 1/2 a cup.
30 Jun 12 by member: hmbird
mmmm good
10 May 11 by member: flipflopsnpolos
ok i just made this...i didnt add rice and i didnt add a few things ...but i made a huge 4 qt pot of it which i guess is 16 cups...! we r a family of 5 and this was so filling and good!! we love to make extra for hubbs lunches and to make things go further so this was awesome. total calories for 1 cup was 161 and then if u sprinkle parma chz its another 20 cal. i had 2 cups which was so and soo filling yet healthy ill log mine as olivegarden instead of adding all this stuff over...and then add my chz. also i added more water i like to soupier kind.but great recipe thx for sharing :)
01 Feb 11 by member: ThenaBaby
Per Fatsecret, the Olive Garden Minestrone soup has 164 calories and 18g of Carbs. It would be much better to go and get the Olive Garden soup than to make this one!
15 Jun 10 by member: Jujubeanak
Please when you have soups and stews, etc, advise how MUCH a serving is, ex. 1 cup, 2 cups, etc. How would I know how much a serving is with a huge pot of soup?????
09 Feb 10 by member: The Next Number
Too high in carbs.
01 Feb 10 by member: Lainey25
This was just ok. It made tons so I froze a large portion and if we don't eat more (for 3rd day in a row), I will freeze that portion also. After deciding to make it, I realized that it was high in carbs, so I really had to adjust my diet to compensate for that. I only had one bowl. Also, the taste was a bit bland. I kept trying to figure out what seasoning it was missing to make it taste more like olive garden or Carino's. I am not an italian food cook, so I am not very familiar with the seasonings that are used in italian cooking.
21 Oct 09 by member: kmaxwell08
that is cool
18 Aug 07 by member: sunjian29
Type O's need to avoid wheat pasta, kidney beans and lentils.
30 Jul 07 by member: Saarloos


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Nutrition summary:

There are 219 calories in 1 serving of Minestrone Soup.
Calorie break-down: 9% fat, 71% carbs, 20% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 20
Calories 219
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 2.18g 3%
  Saturated Fat 0.347g 2%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.516g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 1.126g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 827mg 34%
Potassium 738mg  
Total Carbohydrate 40.11g 13%
  Dietary Fiber 11.8g 47%
  Sugars 6.64g  
Protein 11.19g  
Vitamin A 530% Vitamin C 280%
Calcium 63% Iron 197%
of RDI*
(219 calories)
11% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (71%)
Fat (9%)
Protein (20%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories