Homemade minestrone soup is a tomato based hearty soup that is packed with vegetables and beans. If you love traditional Italian minestrone soup, then you will love this homemade vegetarian soup recipe!
Homemade Minestrone Soup
One of my favorite soups to eat year round is this Homemade Minestrone Soup. It is hearty and packed with healthy vegetables and beans. This version of minestrone is a bit different than some, because it uses tomato sauce, as it has a tomato base along with vegetable broth.
The mixture of herbs really help add flavor to this soup along with the freshly chopped parsley and parmesan cheese that you top the soup with. I don’t believe that soups are only eaten in the fall and winter and this is a perfect example.
This Homemade Minestrone Soup recipe is a perfect soup to use garden vegetables in this summer. We planted our garden last week and I can’t wait to harvest my carrots, zucchini and spinach to use in this soup.
Each week I try to incorporate a few vegetarian meals into our weekly meal plan. Minestrone soup is a great recipe to add to the mix if you are looking for more vegetarian meals. The beans offer protein and the abundance of vegetables, six to be exact, create a hearty, thick soup.
I always pair this vegetarian soup with crusty Italian bread to soak up the last of that saucy broth at the end, and a serving of freshly steamed green beans.
For those meat lovers that are thinking a meal can’t be a meal without meat, try adding sweet Italian sausage for an even heartier meal. Like I mentioned this Homeamde Minestrone Soup Recipe uses a marinara tomato sauce as the base. I recently tried the Classico Riserva Pasta Sauce line and knew I had to incorporate one of them into this soup.
I used their marinara sauce but the Roasted Garlic would be great if you like garlic or the Arrabbiata if you like a little kick.
The Classico Riserva Pasta Sauces are the newest addition to the Classico line of pasta sauces, made with no artificial ingredients or added sugar.
Classico Riserva is a new line of premium pasta sauce with an exceptional taste that will help elevate any meal from soups to pasta dishes to appetizers. They are now available in five varieties including: Marinara, Eggplant & Artichoke, Roasted Garlic, Arrabbiata and Puttanesca.
Their sauces uses vine-ripened tomatoes which are picked at the peak of sweetness. They are perfectly balanced with herbs and spices, extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt, then slowly simmered to perfection. Pasta sauces aren’t just for pasta dishes.
There are a lot of ways to get creative with sauces and add flavor and zest to a meal like in this Homemade Minestrone Soup. I especially love that the Classico Riserva line of pasta sauces doesn’t have any added sugar or artificial flavors, so I know what ingredients are going into my soup.
This minestrone soup recipe will put any restaurant or store-bought minestrone soup to shame, I promise. The best part of making a homemade soup is, you get to control the ingredients…the herbs, the salt, the type of sauce you use, the spice, the vegetables you put in it.
That is a win-win!
When you make this easy soup recipe, be sure have a nice, heavy bottomed pot to cook it in. This Dutch oven is well made and works great for cooking soups, chilis, and stews.
Keep this homemade minestrone soup recipe on hand for the summer, fall, winter and spring months. Yup, all four of them. It really fits in perfectly year round!
Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight and then heat the soup. If the soup has become too thick add extra vegetable broth. Makes 10 cups of soup.
Freeze cooled soup in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight and then heat the soup. If the soup has become too thick add extra vegetable broth.
Makes 10 cups of soup.