Massimo’s Minestrone Soup

Time: 45 minutes   –   Yields 8 servings

Minestrone is a healthy, classic Italian recipe which is very easy to prepare.

It is also a highly customizable one, feel free to add or omit any vegetable or herb you like!



1 large Onion, diced

2 medium-sized Carrots, diced

2 Celery sticks, diced

2 cups Cannellini or Cranberry beans, soaked overnight (may substitute with low salt 15.5 oz can of Cannellini or Cranberry beans)

2 garlic cloves, chopped

2 medium-sized potatoes, diced

¼ cup Tomato paste (optional)

3 Bay leaves

2 Zucchinis, diced

2 cups Green peas, fresh or frozen

2 Rosemary sprigs, chopped

10 Parsley sprigs, chopped

Salt & Pepper to taste



In a large pot, water-sauté (adding a little water at a time) onion, carrots, and celery with a wooden spoon, for 5 minutes.

Add the overnight soaked beans, garlic, potatoes, and water-sauté for an additional 5 minutes.

If you prefer the Minestrone to be red, add the tomato paste or otherwise skip this step.

*If using canned beans, add them with the herbs later in the recipe.

Add the bay leaves and then add enough water to cover the vegetables plus 1” inch.

Bring to a boil, then immediately lower to a very gentle simmer and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

Add the canned beans(if using canned), zucchini, green peas, rosemary, parsley, salt and pepper and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

Enjoy hot or warm and make plenty, Minestrone tastes even better the next day!

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