Minestrone Soup

This soup started with leftover cooked chicken and is grew vegetable by vegetable into one of my favorites soups.  

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Minestrone Soup
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  1. 2 Tbsp of olive oil or vegetable broth
  2. 1 large cooked chicken breast, diced
  3. 1 onion chopped
  4. 1 cup carrots, chopped
  5. 1 cup celery, sliced
  6. 3 garlic cloves, put through a garlic press of chopped finely
  7. 4 mushrooms, cut into six pieces
  8. 1 zucchini, quartered and sliced
  9. 1 1/2 cup of green beans (I used frozen)
  10. 2 cans of pinto beans, drained
  11. 1 can (14.5 oz) of diced roasted tomatoes
  12. 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  13. 2 cups of vegetable broth
  14. 1 Tbsp of dry Italian seasoning
  15. 1 tsp of dry basil
  16. 1 tsp of dry oregano
  17. 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper (you can use more if you want it spicier)
  18. Pasta - your choice. We use Trader Joe's brown rice pasta.
  1. Heat oil or broth in large pan on stove over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, carrots and celery and cook for 3 minutes stirring often.
  3. Add cooked chicken. Cook for another 2 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add garlic, drained beans and roasted tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir well.
  5. Heat to boil and then turn to simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Add mushroom, zucchini, green beans, 2 cups of vegetable broth and spices. Stir well. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Cook Pasta per package directions. See note.
  8. When ready to serve. Place some cooked pasta in the bowl and ladle the soup on top.
  9. Parmesan cheese can be sprinkled on top.
  1. I like to cook my pasta separate when using in soups so it doesn't mush up in the leftover portion.
  2. This soup is very delicious without the meat for a yummy vegetable soup.
  3. Place soup in individual freezer containers for future meals.
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Prep all your ingredients – it will make the cooking of the soup move faster….

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Saute the carrots, celery and onion…

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 Time to add the pinto beans, tomatoes, 

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 Time to let the ingredients blend….

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  1. Hi Debbie
    Visiting from Katie’s hop. Your soup looks delicious. I also love the photo of your dad.

    • Thank you Angel. I actually ate the rest of the soup for lunch and believe it was better after the flavors had blended in refrigerator for a few days. Thanks for stopping by,

  2. I love soups, even in the summer time! visiting thru Katherine’s Corner party.

    • Hi JoAnn,
      Thanks for stopping by. I agree soups are good all year round and are a wonderful way to add veggies into my diet. I visited your blog and think your bathroom turned out great.