Easy Minestrone Soup | Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Minestrone Soup Made Easy


15 min.


25 min.

Serving Size

8 servings

This minestrone is a nutritious, complete meal soup. Updated to include super greens like spinach and kale, you’ll feel great after eating it.


  • 2 tsp (10 mL) butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (900 mL) box no-salt-added or regular chicken broth
  • 28 oz. (796 mL) no-salt-added or regular diced tomatoes
  • 19 oz. (540 mL) white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups (500 mL) bite-sized cauliflower florets, about 1/2 head
  • 2 cups (500 mL) carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into half moons
  • 1/4 lb (125 g) halved yellow beans, about 1 large handful
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) your favourite small pasta
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500 mL) milk
  • 4 cups (1 L) baby kale or spinach
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt (optional)
  • grated Canadian Parmesan, optional


1. Melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until tender, about 3 min. Stir in broth, tomatoes, kidney beans, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, beans and Italian seasoning. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer covered 10 min. Add pasta. Cover and simmer 10 min longer or until pasta is tender.
2. In large measuring cup, whisk flour into milk. Gradually whisk into soup. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils. Stir in kale and pepper; gently boil 2 min. Taste and add salt if needed. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan. If soup is too thick the next day, thin with broth or water.


Recipe and photo provided by Dairy Farmers of Canada. For more recipe ideas visit dairygoodness.ca


  • Watching your sodium? Look for low-salt or no-salt-added chicken broth and canned tomatoes and eliminate salt in recipe.
  • Of course regular broth and tomatoes work as well.
  • This soup makes a perfect pre-activity meal – fast for the cook to make, and nutritious for the kids.
  • Minestrone is the perfect soup to use leftover little bits of vegetables like peas and broccoli.