Olive Garden Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup is the perfect soup for when you want a light and filling meal. It’s easy to make, packed with fresh veggies, tender pasta, and savory broth. This copycat of the restaurant version is an easy minestrone soup recipe. You are going to love the copycat version. It is perfect for busy weeknights. 

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Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe

Everyone loves minestrone, and this copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup recipe is straightforward to make at home – it does not require much work.

Just let everything simmer away, and dinner is served! Plus, this is a great soup to hit the spot at any time of the year. A light soup for summer or a steaming hot bowl on a cold day. It doesn’t hurt that this soup is tasty and very colorful!

The flavors smell so wonderful while it’s cooking. If you have kids, you’ll receive a What smells so good? When they rush in from school.

Why Try This Version of the Olive Garden’s Minestrone Soup?

This hearty soup is perfect if you are following a vegetarian diet. Some online recipes recommend chicken broth, but that isn’t how the Olive Garden does it. This is a vegetarian option at the restaurant. This soup is made with fresh vegetables, dark red kidney beans, and rich tomato broth. You are going to love this easy soup! So why not whip out your Dutch oven and get started?

Olive Garden Soups

One of my favorite spots for soup and salad is the Olive Garden. I am addicted to their salads; they also have the most delicious soups! Whenever I eat at the Olive Garden, I order unlimited soup, breadsticks, and salad.

I never get tired of their minestrone; it’s my absolute favorite! This homemade version is easy to put together and is a great way to get your family to not only eat their veggies but also enjoy them! Serve your soup with garlic knots or some crusty bread for a complete meal.

What is in Olive Garden Minestrone Soup?

Every time I visit the Olive Garden, I have to get the minestrone. It’s full of great flavors and textures, yet it’s light enough that I still have room for the main course.

I love this copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup recipe because it’s loaded up with some of my favorite veggies – zucchini, spinach, carrots, green beans – with pasta and beans in a savory tomato broth.

Minestrone Soup Ingredients

Here’s what you need for making this copycat Olive Garden minestrone soup recipe:

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  • Olive oil
  • White onion
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Zucchini
  • Fresh garlic
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Vegetable stock
  • Bay leaf
  • Italian seasoning
  • Tomato paste
  • Canned small white beans (cannellini beans)
  • Canned kidney beans
  • Fresh or frozen green beans
  • Small shell pasta
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
Copycat Olive garden minestrone ingredients on a wood board.

How to Make Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Here are the simple steps for preparing the soup:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions, celery, carrots, zucchini, garlic, and salt.
A stockpot full of celery, onions, carrots, and Zucchini
  1. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the vegetables turn color and soften.
  2. Add canned tomatoes, vegetable broth, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and bay leaf. Stir to combine everything.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn the heat down to low to simmer the soup.
  4. Add white beans, kidney beans, green beans, zucchini, and pasta.
  5. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the pasta and vegetables are tender.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Garnish with parsley if desired. Or you can sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.
Copycat Olive Garden minestrone soup in two bowls and two spoons.

Recipe Notes and Tips

Here are a few tips for making this soup:

  • Try to cut all the veggies more or less the same size so that they cook at the same rate.
  • You can use fresh or frozen green beans, whichever you prefer.
  • It’s ok to change up the veggies depending on what you have on hand or what’s in season. Other great veggie options are russet potatoes, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, leeks, kale.
  • To get rid of all that extra sodium, be certain to drain and rinse your canned beans before adding them to the soup.
  • This is a vegan soup that is hearty enough to serve as a main course, but if you’d like more protein, add some pieces of cooked Italian sausage or chicken. You can make up a big pot of this tasty soup ahead of time.
  • You can freeze this soup, but keep in mind that the pasta and vegetables may be a little softer after thawing and reheating.

Please feel free to send me a comment on this soup. I always want to hear from my readers. And, be sure to take a look at more copycat Olive Garden soup recipes.

How long is homemade minestrone good for?

Now that you have made a large batch of minestrone soup, you have two choices, enjoy it quickly, or freeze it. This soup will stay fresh in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 4 days. If you still have a lot left over, you can freeze this soup.

Can you freeze minestrone soup?

Yes! You can freeze it for up to 3 months. I recommend defrosting it completely in the fridge before heating it gently in a pot over low to medium-low on the stovetop. I like to freeze this soup in either vacuum-sealed bags, plastic freezer bags, or freezer-safe containers.

Is minestrone soup vegetarian?

All minestrone soups may not be vegetarian. This recipe is vegetarian, we start with vegetable stock and we only add vegetables to this recipe. So this recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and perfect if you want a low-fat or gluten-free diet.

What can you serve with Olive Garden Minestrone soup?

I recommend some homemade hot bread or salad to go along with this soup. Why not try the Olive Garden Salad Dressing or some Homemade Olive Garden Breadsticks?

Best Minestrone Soup Recipe

If you are anything like me, you will be dipping into this pot of soup before it has even finished cooking. You will be breathing in the enticing aroma and you won’t be able to resist.

Add a sprinkling of parmesan and some warm, crusty bread, and you’ve got a quick dinner that everyone is sure to love.

Copycat Olive Garden minestrone soup in two bowls.

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Overhead view of copycat Olive Garden minestrone soup in two bowls.

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Enjoy Olive Garden Minestrone soup even more when you make it from scratch!
4.94 from 45 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Minestrone Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8
Calories: 204kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup white onion diced
  • 1/2 cup celery diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots peeled, diced
  • 1 zucchini diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 14 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 32 ounces vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 15 ounces canned small white beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces canned kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen green beans You can use fresh
  • 1/2 cup small shell shaped pasta
  • parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.
  • When oil is hot add onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt to help the vegetables sweat. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the vegetables turn color and soften.
  • Add canned tomatoes, vegetable broth, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, and bay leaf to the pot. Bring to a boil and turn down to simmer.
  • Add white beans, kidney beans, green beans, zucchini, and pasta. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until the pasta and vegetables are tender.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • If desired, garnish with parsley.

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Notes

Variations on this soup!
  • You can use roasted diced tomatoes for a fun flavor.
  • Consider using yellow squash instead of zucchini.
  • Add more fresh vegetables if desired.
  • If you have left over vegetables in your refrigerator consider adding them to this recipe. It’s a great way to use up left overs. (My Grandmother would call this soup “Got to Go Soup”.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 710mg | Potassium: 755mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1885IU | Vitamin C: 14.4mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 3.9mg

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    Comments

    1. Gary S Hand

      5 stars
      Made this recipe for 80 in one batch. Because everything goes in one pot, it is very scalable. Got rave after rave.

    2. Diane Kelly Lea

      5 stars
      It’s a cold and rainy day here in Maryland and the forecast is for more of the same for the next couple of days. I was craving minestrone and I love Olive Garden so I googled the recipe. I’m so happy to have found your website! I made your OG minestrone and the OG Chicken Gnocchi- my daughter’s favorite. Both turned out as good as OG maybe even better!! Thanks!

    3. Jennifer Erdmann

      5 stars
      This is the best recipe for minestrone I have tried. Everything about this is absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing!!!

    4. Lucy

      Hi. Ingredients say veg stick, directions say broth. I’m making now and bought veg stock. Which is it please? I can’t wsit till done. I’m cooking pasta separate then adding. Thank you!

    5. Terri

      5 stars
      I loved this recipe. I added a parmesan rind with fresh green beans & fresh roasted tomatoes. Thank you very much.

    6. Karolyn Simpson

      3 stars
      I used to love the Olive Garden Minestrone soup, but it has changed and is not any good now. Many, too many beans and the flavor is not as good as years before. A few beans OK, but they have totally ruined a really good soup with far, far too many beans. I will not order the Minestrone soup at Olive Garden.

      • Stephanie

        I am really sorry you are disappointed in the current Olive Garden soup offering, at least when you cook at home you could remove beans from the soup if desired. I’ll mention it to the Olive Garden next time I am in!

      • Linda Slager

        5 stars
        I agree about the soup at Olive Garden. The one in our area decided to add a lot of spices to the soup. The broth was brown instead of red and the taste was off.. I wrote to OG and they wrote back and said they would look into the problem. The next time I went back the soup was back to it’s wonderful red broth self. I guess a chef decided to add his own ideas to the original recipe. If it’s not broke don’t fix it!

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