Recipes for Tara

Minestrone Soup

8 servings


20 minutes

active time

50 minutes

total time


1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 white onion (finely chopped)

1 cup sliced carrots

1 cup sliced celery

1 cup peeled & chopped zucchini (about 1 zucchini)

½ teaspoon salt

1 can (28 oz) petite diced tomatoes (undrained)

1 can (15 oz) kidney beans (drained & rinsed)

1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce

3 cans (14.75 oz each) vegetable broth

1 tablespoon dried basil

2 teaspoons dried parsley

1 teaspoon oregano

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1 cup chopped spinach leaves (about 2 small handfuls)

1 ½ cups small shell pasta


Melt butter and olive oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let cook for 8-10 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally.

Add the diced tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, basil, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir together and let come to a low boil. Once boiling, turn down the heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Turn heat back up to medium and add the chopped spinach and dry pasta. Let cook until pasta is done, about 10 minutes.* Stir the soup frequently to make sure the pasta is not sticking to the bottom of the pan

Serve with a sprinkle of freshly grated parmesan cheese on top. Leftovers will keep in a covered contaner in the fridge for 3-4 days. You will probably want to add additional water when reheating leftovers.


Serving Size



195 kcal

Total Fat

6 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat

1 g


4 mg


1518 mg

Total Carbohydrate

32 g

Dietary Fiber

5 g

Total Sugars

9 g


6 g

8 servings


20 minutes

active time

50 minutes

total time
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