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Loaded Vegetable Minestrone Soup in a New Pot!

Recipe: Loaded Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Summary: A plethora of vegetables commune in this classic, earthy vegetarian Italian soup, perfect for a fall dinner with a shower of grated Parmesan and fresh basil garnish.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, washed and diced
  • 1 large celery stalk, washed and diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 6 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 1 large Idaho Russet potato, washed and diced, skin left on
  • 1 bunch lacinato or Tuscan kale, washed, stems removed, and thinly sliced
  • 1 (12.3-ounce) package Melissa’s Steamed Ready to Eat Six Bean Medley (or use a 15-ounce can of cannellini or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained)
  • 3 tablespoons Bella Sun Luci Bruschetta with Italian Basil Sun Dried Tomato
  • Garnish: Thinly sliced fresh basil, grated fresh Parmesan or Romano cheese, and red pepper flakes or Tabasco sauce for those who like things spicy


  1. In a 6-quart pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery, rosemary and a big pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to turn golden, 8-10 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another minute or so.
  2. Add tomatoes and their juices and cook, uncovered, until some of the liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Add water, potato, kale, beans and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, until all the vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes, adding the Bruschetta during the last 3 or so minutes.
  3. Taste and season with salt and pepper (don’t add too much salt because the Parmesan will be salty).
  4. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan and, if using, basil shreds. Pass the red pepper flakes for those who like a little spice.
  5. Serves 6.


  • You may add fresh green beans, diced zucchini, winter squash or other vegetables you have on hand, to substitute for or add to the veggies in the soup.
  • Add another cup of water or broth at the end of cooking if it is too stewy and not soupy enough for you.


Adapted from Martha Stewart [1].

Six Bean Medley

Melissa's Six Bean Medley [2]This is a handy product from Melissa’s Produce [3]. Steamed, ready-to-eat and refrigerated, this is a combo of cannellini, cranberry beans, white navy beans, red kidney beans, black beans, black eyed peas and seasonings. It’s versatile in any dish in which you might use beans, from a chili or soup to a stew or a burrito, and I find it practical to have on hand.

Bella Sun Luci Brushetta [4]Bella Sun Luci Bruschetta

This is a super fun jarred mixture that is great spread on toasted baguette slices, stirred into hot pasta, spread on a hot baked potato or stirred into soup, as I have done here. It adds a rich, complex tomato flavor and I love to have it on hand as an often-used condiment.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Diet type: Vegetarian
Number of servings (yield): 6
Culinary tradition: Italian

Bella Sun Luci [5] sent the Bruschetta and Melissa’s Produce [3] sent the beans for recipe testing. GigaSavvy sent the 6-quart pot for testing and review. Content and opinions are my own.