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Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

I love soup for lunch. As soon as the weather starts to cool off I could eat soup every day of the week!

But I do get bored easily and like to mix it up. Chicken Wild Rice Soup is one of my all time favorites and always will be.

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I love going to Olive Garden for their soup lunch. You can mix and match soups and try more than one, which is perfect!

I already have a Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe from them on my site as well, that is how much I like it!

This minestrone soup recipe is so easy to make, you can do it even on busy weeknights. You have to chop a couple things, but mainly it is open cans and dump.

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Picture

You could even chop the veggies the night before and have them ready and waiting for you. And the added bonus is this is a vegan soup.

Not purposefully made that way, just by chance! So Meatless Monday here we come! 

Minestrone soup is a traditional Italian soup that is made with vegetables and often has a small cut pasta or even rice mixed in.

It is traditionally a soup that uses whatever you have on hand, so there is no real set recipe for it.

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Olive Garden Minestrone Soup is super easy to make!

  • Start by chopping onions, celery, carrots, and zucchini. 
  • Sauté the veggies in a little oil until they are soft. This only takes a couple of minutes. 
  • Next you add in the garlic and let that cook for just about a minute. You want to be able to start to smell it, and then you know it is time to add more ingredients. 
  • The tomatoes, tomato paste and vegetable broth are next. You could use a chicken broth if that is what you had and you didn’t care about this being vegan or vegetarian. 
  • Once that is boiling you throw in most of the rest of the ingredients. The white beans, kidney beans, green beans, seasonings and even the pasta goes in.
  • The pasta cooks as the broth simmers and everything gets all nice and warm and flavorful.
  • During the last couple minutes, you throw in the spinach to let it wilt and then season with salt and pepper. That is it!
  • If you aren’t trying to go vegan this is best served with a little Parmesan cheese on top! 

Minestrone Soup is a super hearty and filling soup. It is super flexible too; use whatever veggies you have in your fridge or even in your freezer.

It is a great way to up the last little bit of something. I used small shell pasta, but you can use rotini or penne or even macaroni if that is what you have.

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This is such a hearty and filling soup that you never feel guilty eating. It is full of healthy vegetables, so you are getting tons of nutrients in such a tasty way.

You could even add in ground beef if you want, I have seen minestrone with meat plenty of times. Such an easy dinner you can make even on busy nights that will definitely warm you up!

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Photo

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

Erin S.
Olive Garden Minestrone Soup – Make the classic minestrone soup at home! This soup is made all in one pan, is full of all sorts of veggies and even pasta, all in a delicious rich tomato based broth.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Calories 289.29 kcal


  • 3 Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Celery finely chopped
  • 1 Zucchini Squash chopped
  • 0.5 Chopped Carrots
  • 3 Garlic minced
  • 0.25 Tomato Paste
  • 1 Diced Tomatoes
  • 6 Vegetable Broth
  • 1 White Beans (cannellini, northern, etc)
  • 1 Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 Green Beans (frozen, cut)
  • 1 Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Salt
  • 1 Black Pepper
  • 1 Short Cut Pasta like shells or macaroni
  • 2 Spinach
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • In a large pot heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion, celery, zucchini and carrots. Cook for 4-5 minutes until starting to soften. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Stir in tomato paste, tomatoes and vegetable broth. Stir until well combined. Bring to a boil.
  • Add white beans, kidney beans, green beans, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir until everything is mixed together. Add in uncooked pasta and simmer for 8-9 minutes.
  • Add spinach and cook for 2 more minutes until it is wilted. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately.


Calories: 289.29kcalCarbohydrates: 40.04gProtein: 11.04gFat: 6.88gSaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 1344.88mgFiber: 10.21gSugar: 4.54g
Keyword Beans, Carrots, Copycat, Easy Dinners, Green Beans, Italian, Pasta, Simmered, Soups, Tomatoes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian
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