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I make this pretty much as it is. However I do not add those herbs. Instead I add the rind of parmesean cheeses and at the end before serving I top it with pesto. It totally takes it to a new level!
Bland soup :( I feel like I wasted ingredients
Hi, Susie Marie,
We’re sorry to hear this soup disappointed you with its lack of flavor. I always feel something is missing when I have minestrone with no pesto…because something is! So if you have pesto around add a few dabs of that when you serve it, and that’ll set things right. Otherwise, you might need to add a little extra salt, or 1/4 teaspoon red wine vinegar to brighten things up. It can go a long way in transforming bland foods!
Here are a few other minestrone recipes from the site. Perhaps one of them is more your style.
Made it this afternoon. Omg it was heavenly. So easy to make and super healthy
Just made this today. I skipped the potatoes but added turkey Italian sausage and Ditalini pasta. It was excellent!! I put it in my weight watchers app and without the potatoes, sausage and pasta it’s 0 points, with the sausage it’s 3 points. And with about 2/3 box of pasta it’s still only 7 points per serving.
Made it for our family of teen boys and we all loved it! I followed the recipe exactly except I used Napa cabbage and squeezed in fresh lemon juice (I also used chicken bone broth for extra protein). It was delicious, thanks!
Just tried this today for the first time–turned out great! Couldn’t find savoy cabbage so used regular and I also added baby spinach; otherwise followed the recipe pretty much exactly. Everyone in the family loved it, and they’re glad I doubled the recipe so there is plenty to have during the week. Thank you!
I’m so glad you liked it Leigh! Regular cabbage works fine and baby spinach is an excellent addition.
I love minestrone soup but have not made it for a while. It’s a great break from meat soups because it has substance so you feel satisfied. Some of our family members have sensitive tummies and this soup always meets everyone’s needs. Thanks for reminding me and I’ll be making some soon. We live in Minnesota so this is definitely the season for soup!
It’s so cold here in RI, soup is my best friend these days. Minestrone soup is one of my favorites…any soup with beans and I’m in :)
This soup is great, but extra delicious with the following add-ons if available: a tablespoon of tomato paste (with the herbs), a big glug of white wine, and a parmesan rind (both with the chicken stock). Huge hit in our house — thank you!
I’m an Oregon grandma. Some of my family is vegetarian / vegan. Perfect family meal with crusty sourdough bread and blackberry cobbler. I’ve already been asked to share my recipe!
Excellent First time I even attempted to make minestrone soup it turned out Excellent using this recipe. My kids loved it and are already asking for me to make it again. Thank you
I took about a third of it and puréed it and added it back to make a thicker soup. I also added about a half cup of tomato sauce. I think in the future I would add more beans too.
I don’t usually comment on recipes, but my husband could eat this wonderful minestrone every night!
I’m so glad you and your husband like it Barbara!
What’s the best way to use meat in this recipe? I’m looking for more protein in my meals, but perhaps the beans are enough?
Have the soup with a nice grill cheese sandwich. Or grilled ham and cheese. But….This soup is a great way to have a vegan lunch. Just eat more. Have you proteins for dinner.
You can brown a pound of sweet Italian sausage, casings removed if you’d like more protein.
Hey! I could never say no to a minestrone. This is my favorite food ever! My mamma used to make it for me every week and now I make it as often as I can. So healthy and nutritious!
This sounds great, we love soup. I would omit the potato, for personal taste reasons, but, I’ll make this.
This looks so comforting
Love this soup! Only 2 things I’d add. Italians put in the heel of a Parmesan rind which adds so much umami and is sooo tasty. I also throw in a small 4 oz can of V8 and it adds just a little extra veg punch. Bonus if you make too much, it freezes well and is so nice to just heat up on a busy night.
Minestrone is by far my favorite soup, I could eat it every day I swear. I’ve never made my own though!
This is the best minnestroni I’ve made in a long time. The fennel was subtle in the finish, the zucchini contrasted so well with the soft potatoes. Yum!