Easy Minestrone Soup

Last week was cold and rainy. I don’t think the sun came out much at all.

Plus there was the time change which meant I left for work in the dark and came home in the dark.

This signals two things to me: A) I need to get out my Happy Light, and B) I need a comfort food soup to slurp.

minestrone soup

I got this recipe out of my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.

I like this recipe because it’s easy and quick, but also because my kids will eat the parts of it separate from the soup. For instance I boil a few extra noodles to leave out of the soup for the boys.  They will also eat some of the veggies if I leave them out of the soup.  Everyone was happy and Eddie even declared it a “delicious meal!” when I served it.

If the four-year old thinks it’s delicious, you know you’ve won dinner time.

Minestrone Soup


  • 3 14-oz cans of Beef Broth
  • 1 15-oz can of red kidney beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 15-oz can of garbanzo beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 14.5-oz can stewed tomatoes (undrained)
  • 1 11.5-oz can veggie juice
  • 1 6-oz can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning (crushed)
  • 1.5 cups loose-packed frozen mixed veggies (like Italian blend)
  • 2 cups cooked pasta (like medium shell macaroni or mostaccioli)
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves (cut into strips)


Step 1
In a 4-quart Dutch oven combine the beef broth, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, undrained tomatoes, veggie juice, tomato paste, sugar, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil.
Step 2
Add mixed veggies and reduce heat. Let simmer covered for about 10 minutes or until veggies are tender.
Step 3
Stir in the cooked pasta and the spinach; heat through.
Step 4
Serve with a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

The recipe makes a LOT, so next time (yes, there will be a next time), I will probably only make half a batch. I like leftovers as much as the next guy, but it made a LOT of soup for two people.


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Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Looks really yummy!

  2. I love any soup with pasta in it – your Minestrone looks so “delicioso”!

  3. Mmmmm….this looks delicious and totally comforting.

    (Sunlight. I’m not a fan when it’s at a premium, either)

  4. I’m making it a point to make a different soup at least once a week. This looks delish! I’ll be adding it to my list, for sure. YUM!

  5. And who can resist a piece of buttered bread? YUM!

  6. Minestrone is one of those things that if offered, I think, “Nah.” But when I eat it? It is SO GOOD. Why don’t I ever want it? I think I’ll add this to my next menu.

  7. I like how you butter your bread. I am making soup once a week these days, and this soup is a Pinning winner!! 🙂

  8. This makes me hungry just looking at it. Can’t wait to try it out.

  9. I have been chilled all day – and that looks so cozy tasty good right now!

  10. Sounds so good! Today? Seemed REALLY long to me…the sun went down and it’s getting really cold out. Windy. Time dragged until the twins were supposed to be in bed. I’m still not used to this, my internal clock is all wonky!

  11. Oh, yum. How did you know we all needed a little comfort food this week?

  12. mmm. soup makes me feel so warm and cozy. sounds delicious.

  13. Me no likey minestrone, sorry. No beans. I wants none of the beans. But I’m a soup girl through and through. Just not beany soup.