Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Shortcut Minestrone Soup

Teresa

I have to admit I love sitting down with a bowl of soup, some Easy No Knead Dinner Rolls and a hot cup of tea this time of the year. It’s cold outside (yes even the Dallas area gets cold!). I find I crave hot food, especially on days like this. Shortcut Minestrone Soup is one of those soups that’s perfect for cold, winter days. I made it with a batch of homemade Italian Herb Dinner Rolls so I was a pretty happy camper.

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My neighbor introduced me to this soup about a month ago. She brought it over one day and we thought it absolutely delicious. I asked for the recipe so we could make it up ourselves. This particular entree is a very easy meatless recipe that takes only about 20 minutes to throw together. If you find eggless macaroni noodles, this recipe can be made vegan. If you find gluten free macaroni, you can also make it gluten free.

I recommend a couple of things where I deviated from the original recipe. I was unable to find Bird’s Eye mixed vegetables with a seasoning blend. (You can find blends with broccoli or other veggies, but not the traditional mixed vegetables combo). As a result, it seems pointless to heat frozen veggies up in a saucepan as the recipe directs. Just add the other ingredients as specified and get right to it.

Also, while I added the full amount of green beans, I thought it was a little overboard. I would recommend less. Finally, I would add a little more macaroni to the recipe. It’s a little bit better increased from 4 ounces to 6 ounces. You don’t want to overdo it or the pasta will absorb too much liquid. But adding additional macaroni provides a little more body to the soup. While the recipe calls for white (cannellini) beans, I think any type of kidney beans can be substituted with good results.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup is an excellent choice when you’re short on time, or want to whip up a meal in a jiffy. During the cold weather season, it’s a delightful entree that even your kids will enjoy.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Shortcut Minestrone Soup is excellent with a little parmesan cheese added over top.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

This is really an easy soup recipe to whip up.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

I served it with some homemade Italian Herb Dinner Rolls. Both really hit the spot.

Here’s what I did.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

I used these ingredients.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Pour a bag of mixed vegetables into a large sauce pot or Dutch oven. Unless you can find one that comes with a seasoning packet where you will saute the ingredients together – move on to the next step.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Add water.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Add a jar of marinara sauce (any kind or flavor) and stir to combine.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Heat over medium heat.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Bring to a boil.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Add green beans.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Add cannellini (white) beans and miniature elbow macaroni.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Cook about 5-10 minutes until pasta is cooked.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese and fresh thyme, if desired.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Shortcut Minestrone Soup was terrific served with a batch of homemade Italian Herb Dinner Rolls.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

If you need dinner in a jiffy, this is a fabulous main dish to throw together.

Here’s the recipe.

SHORTCUT MINESTRONE SOUP

(Recipe adapted from Pat Conte, Frisco, TX; source: adapted from Jocelyn Ruggiero)

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Shortcut Minestrone Soup

Shortcut Minestrone Soup is so easy to whip up you can have it on the table in about 20 minutes! You may even have all the ingredients in your pantry. This delicious soup is one of those satisfying and irresistible soups that's perfect on cold days when you want to warm up your insides! It's a tasty soup that's also great reheated for leftovers. Enjoy it today.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Dish, Soup, Stews and Chowders
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 178 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 14 oz. bag Birdseye frozen mixed vegetables with seasoning blens (I used 12-ounces)
  • 24 oz. jar marinara sauce (I used Prego)
  • 5 cups water
  • 12 oz. pkg. frozen green beans (I recommend using no more than one cup)
  • 15 oz. can cannellini beans (white beans) rinsed and drained
  • 4 to 6 oz. bag small pasta like miniature elbow macaroni
  • pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese grated, as desired for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Heat frozen mixed vegetables in a large sauce pan; stir continuously. (See note below).
  • Add marinara sauce and water and bring to a boil.
  • Stir in green beans, white beans and pasta.
  • Cook until pasta is done, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle generously with pepper.
  • Add parmesan cheese. (See note below).
  • Ladle soup into bowls and add additional parmesan cheese in individual servings, as desired.

Notes

NOTE: The original recipe uses four ounces of pasta. The pasta absorbs some of the liquid while cooking and it expands even more after sitting out. Still, I wanted the soup a little thicker, so I increased the amount of pasta.
NOTE: I recommend cutting the green beans down to one cup so they don’t overwhelm the soup.
NOTE: I was unable to find any regular mixed vegetables with a seasoning blend packet.
NOTE: I would eliminate step one unless you are actually able to find frozen mixed vegetables with a seasoning blend packet. Just pour the bag into a large stock pot.
NOTE: I only added parmesan cheese to garnish individual servings. I did not stir any cheese into the main soup pot.
Recipe adapted from Jocelyn Ruggiero.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 8gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 575mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword beans, carrots, corn, green beans, main dish, parmesan cheese, peas, soup
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

You may find you have most of these ingredients in your pantry!

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

You can make this recipe gluten free if you use gluten free pasta. You can make this recipe vegan if you use eggless pasta.

Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Shortcut Minestrone Soup is hearty, filling and satisfying. It’s great reheated for leftovers, too!

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Shortcut Minestrone Soup | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this easy #meatless #soup #recipe can be whipped up in about 20 minutes. It's perfect for weeknight dinners when you need something ready really quickly. It's also wonderful for cold, winter nights when you want some hot food to invigorate you! #Minestrone #pasta #cannellini #ShortcutMinestroneSoup

Shortcut Minestrone Soup

Shortcut Minestrone Soup is so easy to whip up you can have it on the table in about 20 minutes! You may even have all the ingredients in your pantry. This delicious soup is one of those satisfying and irresistible soups that's perfect on cold days when you want to warm up your insides! It's a tasty soup that's also great reheated for leftovers. Enjoy it today.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Dish, Soup, Stews and Chowders
Cuisine Italian
Servings 8
Calories 178 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 14 oz. bag Birdseye frozen mixed vegetables with seasoning blens (I used 12-ounces)
  • 24 oz. jar marinara sauce (I used Prego)
  • 5 cups water
  • 12 oz. pkg. frozen green beans (I recommend using no more than one cup)
  • 15 oz. can cannellini beans (white beans) rinsed and drained
  • 4 to 6 oz. bag small pasta like miniature elbow macaroni
  • pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese grated, as desired for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Heat frozen mixed vegetables in a large sauce pan; stir continuously. (See note below).
  • Add marinara sauce and water and bring to a boil.
  • Stir in green beans, white beans and pasta.
  • Cook until pasta is done, about 5-10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle generously with pepper.
  • Add parmesan cheese. (See note below).
  • Ladle soup into bowls and add additional parmesan cheese in individual servings, as desired.

Notes

NOTE: The original recipe uses four ounces of pasta. The pasta absorbs some of the liquid while cooking and it expands even more after sitting out. Still, I wanted the soup a little thicker, so I increased the amount of pasta.
NOTE: I recommend cutting the green beans down to one cup so they don’t overwhelm the soup.
NOTE: I was unable to find any regular mixed vegetables with a seasoning blend packet.
NOTE: I would eliminate step one unless you are actually able to find frozen mixed vegetables with a seasoning blend packet. Just pour the bag into a large stock pot.
NOTE: I only added parmesan cheese to garnish individual servings. I did not stir any cheese into the main soup pot.
Recipe adapted from Jocelyn Ruggiero.
© Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

Nutrition

Calories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 8gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 575mgPotassium: 98mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 50IUVitamin C: 1.7mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword beans, carrots, corn, green beans, main dish, parmesan cheese, peas, soup
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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