Saturday, January 22, 2022

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup
A cold day calls for some soup! A hot, delicious bowl of Olive Garden’s Minestrone Soup fits the bill. Instead of heading out (or ordering in) for a tasty bowl of their veggie packed soup, stay in and make it yourself.

Although I used nearly all of the ingredients in this recipe, my version of this soup was a lot thicker and more veggie packed than the recipe as written. If you prefer a more brothy soup, follow the recipe more closely than I did.

I love to find a good base recipe and tweak it to fit my taste. I know exactly what is going into the soup as well which makes me feel much better about serving it to my kiddos.

Substitutions/Additions for Olive Garden Minestrone Soup:

  • only used 1 tablespoon of oil instead of 2
  • roughly doubled the onions, celery, carrots, and zucchini
  • added in the whole can of tomato paste instead of 1/4 cup
  • added an entire 10oz bag of frozen beans
  • Instead of 2 cups of spinach, I added two overflowing handfuls…I LOVE spinach
  • didn’t have any parsley so I omitted it from the recipe

Tips for making Olive Garden Minestrone Soup:

  • Personally, I don’t think there’s ever too many veggies. Dump away on this soup! If you don’t have a use for the remaining frozen beans, add the whole bag 🙂

RECIPE: Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Rating: 4 out of 5

Effort: Easy but takes some time

Time: Prep 15 minutes, Cook 30 minutes

Kids Comments: It was a soup…an ok soup (my kids are not fans of soup in general 🙁)

Make it Again: Maybe…it was a good soup. Veggie packed and filling but not something I was left craving more of at the end of the night.