Minestrone Soup
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 20 minutes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
I like to make my Minestrone soup with butter as the fat base for sauteing the veggies. It some how adds just the teensiest hint of creaminess to the soup. You could certainly use olive oil, but try it with butter and see if you notice a difference!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 2 - Tbsp butter
  • 1 - small white onion(s)
  • 2 - celery
  • 2 - garlic cloves
  • 4 - whole carrots
  • 1/2 - lb(s) green beans
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) tomato sauce
  • 1 - 15 oz. can(s) red kidney beans
  • 1 - Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 6 - cup(s) chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 - cup(s) box(es) elbow pasta noodles**
  • - Salt and pepper
  • Garnish: - Parmesan cheese**
  • Side: - dinner rolls**
  • 1 - gallon-size freezer baggie(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and saute the onion, celery, garlic and carrots for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the green beans, tomato sauce, kidney beans, Italian seasoning and chicken stock. Bring to bubbling.
  2. Once bubbling, stir in the pasta noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Remove soup from the heat and prepare to spoon into serving bowls. (You don’t want the pasta to overcook!)
  4. Serve Minestrone Soup with optional Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil and side of dinner rolls.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Chop 2 white onions.
  2. Peel and chop 8 whole carrots.
  3. Slice 4 celery stalks.
  4. Trim 1 lb. green beans.
  5. Open, drain and rinse 2 cans of red kidney beans.
  6. Open 2 cans of tomato sauce.

To each gallon-size plastic freezer baggie, add the following ingredients:

  • Half of the chopped onion
  • Half of the chopped celery
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Half of the chopped carrots
  • Half of the trimmed green beans
  • 1 - 15 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 - 15 oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock or equivalent bouillon base plus water

Remove as much air as possible and seal. Add label to baggie and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put baggie in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in a warm bowl of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring all the ingredients to a large saucepan or stockpot. Reheat the soup and add pasta at end of cooking as directed.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Recipe is dairy-free when served with dairy-free sides and when the Parmesan cheese garnish is omitted.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Use gluten-free small shell pasta noodles and serve with side of veggies.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Minestrone Soup

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw before adding to Dutch oven or saucepan. Bring to bubbling and add pasta and cook for 10 minutes, or until al dente.
Serve with dinner rolls.

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