When looking for a filling meal this Hearty Minestrone Soup with Fresh Arugula is an Italian classic that will soon be a family favorite! We like to enjoy a bowl before having our Easy Italian Breaded Chicken!
Italian Hearty Minestrone Soup is Full of Vegetables
This dish is a great way to use up any extra fresh herbs and vegetables you have available in the fridge, so be sure to experiment a bit with your ingredients.I’m a firm believer that any soup needs to begin with the base of onions & garlic cooked in olive oil as the first layer of flavor. Then you keep adding bit by bit more flavor depth.
For this hearty minestrone soup recipe we love to use:
- diced tomatoes
- green beans
Should You Cook Pasta Before Adding to Soup?This satisfying vegetable soup features a classic combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta.
For best results, you should cook the pasta separately, rather than in the same pot with the rest of the ingredients. This minor extra step allows the pasta to release the starch in its own cooking water rather than in your soup!
It also prevents the noodles from becoming too soft and mushy, which means leftovers will taste much better. That’s IF you have leftovers!
What Ingredients Are Needed to Make Minestrone Soup?
- Olive oil
- minced garlic
- large stalks celery
- 1 28-oz. can petite diced tomatoes
- 1 15.5 oz. can cannellini beans
- organic vegetable broth or Beef Broth
- whole bay leaves
- rosemary leaves
- fresh thyme
- fresh oregano
- crushed red pepper flakes
- Sea salt and black pepper
- Optional: 3” Parmesan cheese rind
- Fusilli pasta
- fresh green beans
- fresh arugula
Can You Freeze Minestrone Soup?Yes! Just reduce heat to a simmer and let this soup fill your house with good smells all day long! If you have leftovers, simply add to an airtight container and freeze. When you are ready to enjoy this soup again, simply place in a pot with 1/4-inch of water and simmer on low. Serve with a nice crusty piece of bread and you’ll have a great lunch or dinner in no time.
What Useful Tools to Have Making This Soup Recipe
- Dutch Oven
- Chef Knife
- Can opener
- Cutting board
- Measuring cup & spoons
- Soup bowls
- Soup spoons