Minestrone Soup

Tags: Recipe Winter

Recipe slightly adapted from Weelicious Lunches, get it here

We have entered a new phase in life: afterschool activities. My son's speech and occupational therapy have always been included in his school day and my daughter's ballet class is on Saturday, so until this point we haven't really needed a dinner plan that is mostly make-ahead. I have included the original recipe and my way here so you have some options for customizing this to your needs. This meal is healthy and comforting and reheats well for thermos-packing the next day.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced (mine were yellow and orange, in case the picture is confusing)
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (or use this to make the job easier, I always do ) - Smile Link
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups (or a 32 ounce box) chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • ¾ cup small pasta (I used cavatelli)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Italian herbs or a mix of dried basil, oregano, and thyme
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

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Step 1

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Step 2

Add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic.

Step 3

Sauté for 5 minutes or until the vegetable are softened.

Step 4

Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir to combine. (To make ahead, leave out the pasta at this point.) Turn the heat to medium low and simmer for 30 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

Step 5

***To make ahead, cook the soup for 20 minutes and turn off the heat. You can refrigerate this until you need it. Here’s what I did: I made the soup in the afternoon before picking up the kids from school. I left it on the stovetop, covered, until we were home and getting ready to leave for taekwondo. I brought the soup back up to a simmer, had my son drop in the pasta, turned the heat down to low, and left it cooking the 40 minutes we were at taekwondo. The pasta was perfect and dinner was mostly ready when we got home.

Step 6

Just add grilled cheese!