Quick Minestrone Soup

8 items to make a minestrone soup that you can give as a gift or have for your house in under an hour. Hearty with good aroma.


Note: All cans are 10 to 16 oz.

  • 1 to 2 cans chicken broth*
  • 1 large or 2 small zucchini, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 clove or 2 tsp. of garlic in jar
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  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can Italian stewed tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 frozen bag or can of peas and carrots, drained
  • 1/2 cup dry detalini pasta (small elbow macaroni) or your choice
  • grated Parmesan cheese

* Decide whether you want a liquid soup or more like a stew. The most broth used should be 1 1/2 cans; the least, 1 can.


Throw first 7 ingredients into a big pot on medium heat and bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Turn down heat to low and put lid on for 1/2 hour while continuing to stir occasionally.

Serve into bowls with a finger grab of cheese in center for a better appearance. The cheese contains salt so you may not have to use any.

If using as a gift, present in a microwavable bowl and keep cheese separate.


Servings: 6 to 8
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 45Minutes

Source: I have been using this recipe for so long I don't even remember where I first saw it.

By Lynn from Bridgeville, PA

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