Easy Homemade Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cut green beans
  • 1/4 cup celery, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can small white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley, minced
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup small pasta (mini shells, mini wagon wheels, ditalini, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat and sauté onion, celery, garlic, zucchini and green beans, about 5 minutes.
  2. Then add vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, beans, carrots, hot water and spices. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat, allowing soup to simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add pasta, cooking an additional 20 minutes, or until tender. Stir in spinach leaves just before serving.

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