Sicilian Bean Minestrone

minestrone soup

Minestrone soup has several potential health benefits, including:

  1. Vegetable-rich: Minestrone is typically made with a variety of vegetables, providing vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  2. Low in fat and calories: Made with mostly vegetables and beans, minestrone is a low-fat and low-calorie soup option.
  3. Heart-healthy: The fiber and antioxidants in vegetables may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
  4. Supports digestion: Vegetables and beans in minestrone are rich in fiber, which helps support digestive health and prevent constipation.
  5. Boosts immunity: Some of the ingredients in minestrone, such as garlic and onions, have antimicrobial properties and may help boost the immune system.
  6. Hydrating: Minestrone is a liquid-based soup, providing hydration for the body.
  7. Satisfying: Minestrone is filling and can help keep you full for longer, making it a good choice for those watching their weight.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup uncooked small pasta
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese and crusty bread, for serving


  1. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in the thyme and basil and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, white beans, and kidney beans.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Stir in the uncooked pasta and continue to simmer until the pasta is cooked through, about 10-15 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve hot with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and crusty bread. Enjoy!