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Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup, with zucchini, beans and pasta is hearty, delicious and tastes just like the original

Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup, with zucchini, beans and pasta is hearty, delicious and tastes just like the original! It’s healthy, vegetarian and low calorie too!

Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup, with zucchini, beans and pasta is hearty, delicious and tastes just like the original!

This is the Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe that everyone has been waiting for.  Soup made from this easy minestrone soup recipe tastes just like the original, maybe even better.  . With a savory flavor and mouth-watering aroma, this soup is perfect to serve to your hungry family anytime. I got this recipe from a friend of a friend of a friend, who said she got it from a chef that works in the restaurant.

Besides the amazing flavor, this soup is good for you, is vegetarian and is perfect for using up leftover veggies.

If you love this recipe, you might want to try all our other soup recipes too!

INGREDIENTS FOR COPYCAT OLIVE GARDEN MINESTRONE SOUP

There’s a lot of different ingredients to make this minestrone soup recipethis recipe…but that’s what gives it so much flavor. The key minestrone’s great taste is in the minestrone soup vegetables, like zucchini, green beans, celery, carrots, tomatoes and spinach and the spices.

  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Zucchini
  • Green Beans
  • Celery
  • Minced Garlic
  • Vegetable Stock
  • Kidney Beans
  • Northern Beans
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Tomato Paste
  • Carrots
  • Dried Parsley
  • Dried Oregano
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Baby Spinach
  • Shell Pasta

This recipe is one of Olive Garden’s best kept secrets.  Anyway I got it, and it tastes A LOT like the original restaurant version! 

Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup is hearty, delicious and tastes just like the original! It's healthy and low calorie too!

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  • Stock Pot – Pro quality stainless steel pot to cook the soup in.
  • Soup Ladle – to serve the soup. Made of one solid piece of stainless steel.

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Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup is hearty, delicious and tastes just like the original! It's healthy, vegetarian and low calorie too!

Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

  • Author: Christine
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop

Description

Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup is an amazing vegetarian soup that is hearty, delicious and tastes just like the original! It’s low calorie too!


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Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup minced onion, about 1 medium
  • 1 cup thin sliced zucchini, about 1 medium
  • 1 12oz bag frozen Italian cut green beans
  • 1/4 cup minced celery, about 1 stalk
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons minced garlic, about 4 cloves
  • 4 cups vegetable broth, do not substitute chicken or beef broth
  • 2 15oz cans kidney beans
  • 2 15 oz cans Great Northern beans
  • 1 14oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes (or 2 tablespoons minced fresh)
  • 11/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup small shell pasta

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in large pot.
  2. Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans and zucchini in oil for abut 5 minutes or until onion become translucent.
  3. Add vegetable broth to the pot, also add drained tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, carrots, hot water and spices.
  4. Bring the soup to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add spinach leaves and pasta to the pot and simmer for an additional 20 minutes.
  6. Allow to simmer an additional 5-10 minutes for a thicker consistency.

Notes

Note – use reduced-sodium vegetable broth and omit salt to reduce sodium content

Note – I drain my canned diced tomatoes, but you don’t have to. It’s a personal preference.

Serve with a salad and crusty bread for a perfect weeknight meal.

Keywords: minestrone soup, Italian soup, Olive Garden soup

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Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup is hearty, delicious and tastes just like the original! It's healthy and low calorie too!

10 Comments

  1. Hi Melissa, that’s a great question. Diced tomatoes usually have calcium chloride added to help the tomatoes stay firm, and a fair amount of salt (depends on the brand). I drain the liquid before adding them to dishes to remove as much of these two additives as possible. Some cooks don’t drain the liquid…it’s a personal preference. Thanks for asking and have a great one! I’d love to know how your soup turns out!😀

  2. Melissa Orruego

    I’m planning on making a low sodium version of this! May I ask why drain the tomatoes?

  3. HI Miz Helen, you are welcome! Have a wonderful day:)

  4. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Hi Debbie, thanks for stopping in. This soup is super easy to make, easy enough that I make a double recipe of it about every 2 weeks! And the fact that it is vegan is a real bonus:) Have a great weekend Debbie! Hugs- Christine

  6. Thank you very much!

  7. Hi there, my husband love’s this soup too! And it’s healthy!! You have a wonderful weekend also:)

  8. My husband’s favorite! Thanks for joining the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop and have a blessed weekend!

  9. My husband’s favorite! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

  10. I love minestrone but I rarely make it. This sounds so delicious. I think their soup is one of the few vegan items on the menu at Olive Garden, so I love it very much. Who says that August isn’t soup time?

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