Minestrone Soup, no matter how you say it, is a warm and delicious soup full of vegetables and beans that’s perfect for the winter months.Jump to Recipe
Minestrone soup is one of those recipes that doesn’t really have a recipe. Well, there isn’t a set recipe and there isn’t just one way to make the soup. Use seasonal vegetables for the freshest soup. And, in-season produce is usually the cheapest.
The soup is meatless. It could easily be adjusted to be a vegan soup as well. The only ingredient that isn’t vegan is the Parmesan cheese. You could either cut that from the recipe or use vegan cheese instead.
I’m also curious about how you pronounce the soup. Is it min-uh-stroh-nee or min-uh-strohn? I always say the former, Justin always says the latter. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way, but it’s one of those words that’s fun to hear how others pronounce it. Like pecan and caramel!
Minestrone soup makes a lot of soup, so it’s great for when you have guests over. Or it can be saved to eat as leftovers the next day for lunch. It reheated well for us, and we froze a bit, too. If you freeze some soup, I suggest reheating in either the slow cooker again or on the stovetop.
I made fresh bread to go with ours, but I love fresh bread with any kind of soup or stew. You could also try it with crackers if you like those in a soup.
Step by Step
Prepare all of your vegetables by chopping, slicing, and dicing as needed. Then place everything in the slow cooker except for the noodles and cheese.
Stir everything up so that it is all evenly distributed. You want the seasonings to be on all of the ingredients.
Set the slow cooker to high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
About 30 minutes before serving, cook the noodles according to the package directions.
Stir the noodles into the slow cooker. I used egg noodles because that’s what I had on hand. But you can use any type of smaller noodle, such as macaroni or mini shells.
Serve the soup warm and top with cheese if desired.
Originally Published On: September 13, 2018
Last Updated On: October 18, 2019
- 1 onion (chopped)
- 2 carrots (sliced)
- 1 zucchini (diced)
- 1 cup cabbage (shredded)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 30 oz kidney beans (drained)
- 30 oz vegetable broth
- 28 oz crushed tomatoes
- 1 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 cups noodles
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
- Slice, dice, and chop vegetables as needed
- Place all ingredients in the slow cooker except noodles and cheese
- Stir to distribute the seasonings and broth
- Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours
- 30 minutes before serving, cook the noodles according to directions
- Stir noodles into the soup
- Serve the soup warm with the parmesan cheese on top
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
37 thoughts on “Minestrone Soup: The Perfect Warm Vegetarian Soup”
i first tried this one when i was living in Belgium, i didn’t like soup so much but i got used to it when living there! And this one was fine, i also like pumpkin and vegetable soup 😀
I wasn’t so sure at first with all those vegetables as I am not usually a veggie person, but it’s good! I’ve never had pumpkin soup before.
Minestrone is my very favourite soup – I love it! And yours looks absolutely delicious… perfect for fall and winter!
I usually avoided it with all the vegetables, so I was surprised at how much I liked it!
This is the perfect timing for those warm soups. I have everything in my pantry to make this one tonight.
Definitely! I love having warm meals in the cooler months. And it’s always nice when you already have everything!
Oh this is so perfect for today, this week has been so cold. I can’t pronounce it either. At restaurants I usually just point at it lol!!
Hah, I love it! Pointing is definitely the safe way to go!
Yum yum and yum. This looks so hearty and yummy. Can you believe I’ve never attempted to make this and I’m a food blogger! I’m never even tasted it either! I know, crazy!
I hadn’t tasted it before, either. But my husband always enjoys it when we are out to eat, so we decided to give it a try at home.
Never heard or tried this recipe before but it looks interesting. Would always love to try new taste.
I had heard of it since my husband likes it, but never tried it. I’m not a veggie person usually, but this one had a lot of flavor!
Yum! I can eat minestrone soup whenever its cold outside. I love how you tossed it over bow tie pasta, makes it look fun and delicious.
It’s definitely a great soup to warm you up! I’ve used a few different types of pasta now and it doesn’t seem to matter which one is in there, it tastes the same.
I haven’t make a proper minestrone for years. As the weather is getting colder, this warm soup would be the best company. I love adding some noodles in my soups.
I always like having noodles, too. It adds a bit of texture and makes it a little more filling.
I love Soup Season! My husband would especially love this one. It looks so good!
Soups are so perfect for when it’s cold outside and you just want a hearty meal to warm you up!
This meal definetly looks like it is cheap and cheerful but tasty and could warm you and guests up in cold weather. Very handy thanks
You’ve got it! Minestrone soup is everything you said. It’s also pretty easy to put together, too!
Ooh, a slow-cooker version? Yaaaaay! I LOVE minestrone, and this will be a great recipe for the next time my vegetarian friend and her family come to visit us for the weekend! 🙂
This is what I get for taking the morning off work! I was seriously debating minestrone as one of the options for a Meatless Monday meal for tonight, and wish I’d been reminded of this before I put something else in the crock-pot for tonight LOL!
Well, you can go ahead and plan it for next Monday then! Or, who says you can’t do meatless two days in a row? Ok, my husband may argue that, but if your family doesn’t then go for it!
Saved to my Pinterest board- this will be perfect for us as I’ve been looking for a vegan meal I can throw in the crockpot. Just no cheese for us. And I think this would pair great with my No Knead Bread!
It would be easy to make without the cheese. I just love cheese and top a lot of things with it. Bread would be perfect with it, I was wishing I had some when we made this.
I LOVE making one pot dishes that you can just make a quick veggie for the side with. What are your favorite vegetables to go with this?
There are already so many veggies in the soup, I don’t think I would add any to the side. The only thing I was missing on the side was some delicious bread to dip in the soup.
I love eating minestrone soup. They sell it in premade packets here in Japan. But I will try this recipe out to make my own for this winter! Thanks!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen the premade packets here. But I’m sure there are some as I know of a few other soups that you just add boiling water. We actually have a few in the pantry that we bought when we had a hurricane coming since we could still use the gas stovetop to heat the water and make soup for a meal if there wasn’t any power.
Minestrone soup is one of my favorites! I love eating it with a warm loaf of bread. It’s such a comforting meal.
Bread was the only thing I was missing when I made the soup. I love having either bread or saltine crackers for dipping in soup.
This soup recipe is definitely my type! I make sure that I go veggie on most days of the week.
If you’re looking for a meatless option, this is definitely a great one, then!
I love Minestrone soup. I haven’t had it in years but its one of my favorites! Clearly In eed to make it soon!
Yes, you should give it a try soon! Especially with the weather finally starting to cool down, it’s perfect.
I haven’t tried Minestrone yet but I think it’s definitely something I would enjoy eating.
I wasn’t so sure about it with all the veggies at first, but I really enjoyed the soup!