Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Veggie Minestrone Soup
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 The winter seems to linger longer than it should.  When I am feeling cold and run down I love making this soup. It reminds me of a fresh summer day with all the beautiful vibrant colours of the vegetables.  I may not be able to bring you sunshine;  but I can make you feel all warm and cozy with my easy Vegetable Minestrone Soup.  There are many versions of this soup originating from Italy.   I like to load mine up with tons of vegetables, Arborio rice and beans for extra protein.   Anytime I feel depleted, I fill up on this medicine and it does the healing for me. 

Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Rachelle Newbigging
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Soup
Servings 6


  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 3 medium carrots diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 10 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 can pinto beans or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 small tomatoes diced
  • 1 ½ tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ small cabbage shredded
  • 2 medium zucchini diced
  • ½ cup Arborio rice
  • 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  • In a large pot, heat olive oil and cook onions, garlic until they softened.
  • Add in carrots, celery, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, potatoes, vegetable broth, bay leaves, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer. Keep covered for 20 minutes.
  • Add in zucchini, cabbage, rice and simmer uncovered for about 15-18 minutes. Make sure rice is cooked through. Remove bay leaves.
  • Serve into bowls and enjoy!
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