Since it is quite chilly today this Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe will be perfect for us to enjoy with our CopyCat Olive Garden Salad and Dressing for dinner tonight. I made up a big pot yesterday and it was so tasty, I think leftovers are in order. I love grabbing soup and salad when we eat out. One of my favorite soup and salad spots is Olive Garden. They have the most delish soups and I am addicted to their salads too! Eating out at olive Garden is not very frequent for us since we do not have one here on our side of town. Occasionally for a birthday, anniversary, etc we will head to Olive Garden for lunch or dinner.
This Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe is spot on PERFECT! It was torture smelling it all afternoon while it was cooking. The flavors smell so wonderful. I received the typical “what smells so Good” from the kiddos when they arrived home from school.
I love that this Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe is loaded up with some of my favorite veggies. Zucchini, Spinach and Carrots, YUM!
This Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup is quite simple to make and really does not require much work. I will tell you to be extra careful when cutting your veggies. My hubby was cutting up the veggies for this soup and ended up at the ER and is now in a cast. He will be much more careful next time hes cutting zucchini, I am sure of that.
3 tbsp Olive Oil
1 diced medium Onion
1 chopped small Zucchini
14 oz Italian Style Green Beans
1 diced stalk Celery
4 tsp minced Garlic
4 cup Vegetable Broth
30 ounce drained Red Kidney Beans
30 ounce drained Great Northern Beans
14 ounce can Diced Tomatoes with juice
1/2 cup Shredded Carrot
1/2 cup dry Red Wine (optional)
4 oz Tomato Paste
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Basil
1/4 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Powder
1 Bay Leaf
3 cup Hot Water
4 cups fresh Spinach
1 1/2 cup Shell Pasta
Salt and Pepper to taste
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large stock pot.
Saute onion, celery, zucchini, and carrots until onions are clear.
Add garlic, green beans and tomato paste and stir.
Add the broth, red wine and hot water and stir well.
Add tomatoes, beans, and spices.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
Remove bay leaf.
Add spinach and pasta and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
If you are anything like me, you will be dipping into this pot of soup before it has had a chance to cook. Your house will be smelling so tasty that you will NEED to dip in, ha ha!
If you are looking to enjoy Olive Garden at Home be sure to make this Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup and a Copycat Olive Garden Salad and Dressing at home. You will be saving yourself some $$’s. Plus this is a great light soup for summer.
Adapted from Todd Wilbur’s copycat recipe.