Finding a healthy comfort food like this Vegan Minestrone Soup is like hitting the Jackpot. Too often, my comfort foods come in the fried potato category. But something about pasta in a rich wine broth has comfort food written all over it. This vegan classic is incredibly versatile and bursting with familiar Italian flavors. It's one you'll make over and over as a meal or as a side dish.
Served with crusty bread or a rich pasta dish, this soup is perfect for dinner guests. And for some reason, a classic minestrone seems appropriate all year round. This recipe is one-pot and only 30 minutes of cooking time!
Why you’ll love this vegan minestrone soup
- packed with healthy vegetables
- shell pasta that cradles the beans for a perfect bite
- hearty enough for a meal
- perfect as a main or side dish
- incredibly comforting all year round
You can make it exactly as is or substitute in-season vegetables. Minestrone soup was made for versatility!
What is Minestrone Soup?
Minestrone soup is a classic Italian soup made with vegetables. It is different from a regular vegetable soup because of its thick and hearty texture. Minestrone soup has beans and pasta in addition to vegetables. In contrast to minestrone soup, a typical vegetable soup is usually lighter and more brothy.
How can you add flavor to minestrone soup?
I've heard people say minestrone soup is bland. But in this recipe, that couldn’t be further from the truth!
You can add flavor to minestrone soup with red wine, tomato paste, and spices. The longer you allow the soup to simmer, the more strongly the flavors will infuse the broth for the most flavorful minestrone.
I made three batches of this recipe to find the perfect flavorful minestrone soup broth. And I am so excited to share it with you!
What makes minestrone soup so healthy?
As part of the Mediterranean diet, minestrone soup is super healthy for you. Fiber from the beans and vegetables keep you full and they are loaded with nutrients. More than half of the soup is vegetable based which satisfies the government guidelines for building a healthy meal. And it is entirely plant-based and vegan.
This recipe is also gluten-free if you use gluten-free pasta shells like I did. For gluten-free, I also recommend double-checking your ingredients for hidden gluten.
If you need help searching for hidden gluten in your ingredients, use our printable list of gluten ingredients to avoid.
- olive oil
- yellow onion
- dry red wine
- vegetable broth
- canned diced tomatoes
- tomato paste
- ground black pepper
- Italian seasoning
Beans & Pasta
- canned white beans
- canned kidney beans
- frozen cut green beans
- small shell pasta (I used gluten-free)
- Italian flat leaf parsley
How do you make minestrone soup from scratch?
Once you see how easy this is, you will never buy canned minestrone soup again! The full instructions are below with step-by-step photos, but these are general guidelines for making minestrone soup from scratch:
- Saute raw vegetables until soft.
- Add garlic and seasonings.
- Add wine and allow the alcohol to sizzle out.
- Add broth ingredients and simmer (tomato paste, vegetable broth, diced tomatoes).
- Add beans and simmer until all beans and vegetables are soft.
- Remove from heat and stir in spinach. Garnish with fresh parsley.
That's it -- just 6 very simple steps to the perfect minestrone soup!
More healthy soup recipes
- Easy Instant Pot Tomato Soup
- Super Addictive Thai Chicken Soup
- Soothing Golden Beet + Turmeric Soup
- Savory Pumpkin Stew
- Northwest Beef Stew in the Instant Pot
Eat this soup as a main with a Gluten-Free Baguette (coming soon) or our amazing Dairy Free Tiramisu!
Or pair it with one of these fan-favorite vegan pasta recipes:
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This recipe is the perfect dreamy Vegan Minestrone Soup recipe adapted from the Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup recipe I created as a freelancer for Mashed.com!
I know you'll enjoy this house favorite recipe!