Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Replica Recipe




Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Replica Recipe
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cook time: 
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup minced white onion (about 1 small onion)
  • ½ cup chopped zucchini
  • ½ cup frozen cut Italian cut green beans
  • ¼ cup minced celery (about ½ stalk)
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (Swanson is good *note ( Do not use chicken broth!*)
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans, drained
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans small white beans or 2 (15 ounce) cans great northern beans, drained
  • 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup carrot (julienned or shredded)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup small shell pasta
Instructions
  1. Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.
  2. Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.
  3. Add vegetable broth to pot, plus drained tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water, and spices.
  4. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency.
  6. Makes about eight 1½ cup servings.

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