Vegetarian Minestrone Soup Recipe

Bowl of vegetarian minestrone soup on a white table
The Spruce
  • Total: 90 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 80 mins
  • Yield: 6 servings or 8-10 as a side
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
269 Calories
2g Fat
53g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 servings or 8-10 as a side
Amount per serving
Calories 269
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 544mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 9g 33%
Protein 13g
Calcium 155mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for vegetarian and vegan minestrone soup is filled with healthy and low-fat vegetables, including tomato, carrots, celery, green beans and zucchini. It's basically your entire garden in a soup! Everything is slowly simmered for maximum flavor along with some fresh basil and garlic.

Vegetarian minestrone soup makes for a light and healthy lunch or dinner soup, just add a side salad and maybe a slice of garlic bread and you've got yourself a full meal. Because it contains no oil, this vegetarian minestrone soup recipe is very low in fat.

With less than 100 calories per serving and just over 1 gram of naturally occurring fat, this vegetarian (and vegan!) minestrone is a great low-calorie and nearly fat-free soup. You may also want to try this crockpot vegetarian vegetable minestrone soup recipe.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 3 zucchini (chopped)
  • Optional: 1 cup green beans (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups macaroni pasta (or use another small pasta shape such as small shells)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. First, place the vegetable broth in a large pot, then add in the diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, carrots, celery, onion, zucchini, green beans, garlic and the bay leaf.

    Minestrone ingredients in pot.
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  3. Slowly bring the soup to a low simmer and allow to cook over very low heat for at least 45 minutes and up to one hour, or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add the salt and pepper and the macaroni pasta and bring the heat up a bit to a medium low. Allow to simmer for another 10 to 20 minutes, or until the pasta is done cooking.

    Pasta added to minestrone.
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  5. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

    Vegetarian minestrone.
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  6. Enjoy!

Tip

  • Make this gluten-free by using gluten-free pasta and a gluten-free vegetable broth.

Looking for more vegetarian and vegan soup recipes? You may want to browse some of crowd-pleasing Creative Vegetable Soups, or, if you want something a little healthier, try one of these nine fat-free vegan soups. Want something a bit unusual? How about a Vegan Cream of Asparagus Soup or a fun Vegetarian Peanut Soup. Enjoy!