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Minestrone Soup – Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.

Minestrone Soup | www.diethood.com | Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.



Happy Sunday, buddy! How are you? Things going your way? I hope so!!

I’m giving you a big fat winter hug in the form of soup! This is what you eat when you want to keep warm, feel full AND be satisfied. 

Friends, I’m on a soup-bender and I don’t want to stop. It’s bad. Just ask the people that live with me. I’ve been serving soup thrice a week for the past 2 months.

Minestrone Soup | www.diethood.com | Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.

BUT, I swear this isn’t the same old Minestrone Soup that it appears to be. I swear! I know it looks like any other Minestrone, but it’s not.
Maybe it is, but I think mine is better. Is that obnoxious or what?! But, really, mine is finger-lickin’ good. I can eat a loaf of bread with it and be the happiest girl, ever!

Speaking of! I have a question. Do you put beans in YOUR Minestrone?? I never have because I *think* that’s supposed to be Pasta e Fagioli. Right? I’m no Italian, so I could be wrong, but I could also be right. So… I added beans. Peer pressure!

Minestrone Soup | www.diethood.com | Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.

In other words, this is what I like to call eating-all-the-colors, also known as “eating all the veggies left at the bottom of the crisper drawers”. Really, there is a good bit of everything in here. Plus bacon. (!!!)

Minestrone Soup | www.diethood.com | Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.

It’s easy, it’s DELICIOUS, it’s quick, and it’s versatile. Add whatever veg you’ve got and eat up. AND if you stick to the serving size, it’s a healthy choice. I mean, if I could do one thing right now it would be to slurp up every last bit of that pot up there.

ENJOY your Sunday! XO

 

5 from 4 votes
Minestrone Soup | www.diethood.com | Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.
Minestrone Soup
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Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Packed with vegetables, bacon and pasta, this soup makes for a hearty, filling and delicious meal.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 280 kcal
Author: Katerina Petrovska
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 bacon slices , diced
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 3 carrots , diced
  • 1 small zucchini , halved lengthwise and sliced into half-moons
  • salt and freshly ground pepper , to taste
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme , leaves only
  • 2 cans (14-ounces each) diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup whole wheat ditali pasta
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) fresh baby spinach leaves
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat.
  2. Add bacon and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
  3. Add the onions, carrots, zucchini, garlic, and thyme; season with salt and pepper and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften.
  4. Add the tomatoes, vegetable broth and the bay leaf; turn up the heat and bring to a boil.
  5. Lower heat to medium-low and let simmer uncovered for 15 minutes; add uncooked pasta and continue to cook until pasta is cooked and vegetables are tender; about 10 to minutes.
  6. Add the beans and spinach; continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until beans are heated through and spinach is wilted.
  7. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  8. If soup is too thick, add a bit more vegetable broth.
  9. Remove from heat, discard bay leaf and let stand few minutes.
  10. Ladle into soup bowls and serve.
Recipe Notes

WW Freestyle Smart Points: 7

Nutrition Facts
Minestrone Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 1426mg59%
Potassium 315mg9%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 5870IU117%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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16 Responses
  1. Deborah Casagrande

    Pink beans are the base of Northern Italy minestrone.
    Dry beans in 4 quarts of water are boiled and then left to sit for an hour (which allows time to sauté veggies with diced tomatoes). Add meat, if desired, such as a chuck roast. Simmer until beans are soft and then purée half the beans with some liquid from the pot, returning the puréed beans to the pot. Remove meat and cut up into bite size pieces. The beans make a hearty, flavorful base. Add cooked veggies (onion, garlic, carrots, and canned tomatoes. Add meat of choice add pesto sauce and Parmesan cheese a

  2. Allyson Zea

    Looks so delicious and healthy! I’m going to try making it in my instant pot! Have you tried that? If so how long did you cook it?

  3. Dorothy at Shockinglydelish

    I swear I think I could live off of soup! This looks like a big bowl of comfort food! I like the beans! 🙂

  4. Mahy Elamin

    A wonderful soup, on a cold autumn evening. This looks sooooo good! Yummy! This made me drool. Cannot wait to try this. Thank you for a great recipe!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! Thanks to your suggestion, I just calculated it with the new points and it’s down to 7 instead of 9. 😀

        1. Katerina Petrovska

          Hi Joanne! If you have a minute, could you please share with me what calculator you used? I always use the weight watchers calculator that’s on their website, the paid version, and am still getting 7 points. :-/ Thank you!!

          1. Joanne

            I use the same points calculator on the WW app. I just figured that all of the veggies and chicken broth are zero points. I only looked up bacon which is 4 points and the ditalini which is 12 points giving a total of 16 and divided it by 6 servings which equals 3 points.

  5. Heather Mason

    I say yes to beans in minestrone! Not sure if it’s authentic or not, but from a nutrition stand point it makes sense to get some high quality vegetable protein in your soup!

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