Tosi’s Minestrone Soup

Tosi’s, in Stevensville, Michigan, is a beautiful Italian restaurant with a wonderful reputation for fine dining. One of their specialties is their Minestrone Soup.


Tosi’s Minestrone Soup


Tosi’s Minestrone Soup

You can recreate Tosi’s Minestrone Soup at home. 
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Tosi’s Minestrone Soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 533kcal


  • 1 pound Navy beans
  • 1/2 pound salt pork
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 pound diced potatoes
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 pound shredded cabbage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas optional


  • Heat 12 cups water to boil, turn off heat, add beans and soak for 1 hour. Add salt pork and simmer 1 hour. Saute onion, garlic, in oil until golden and set aside. 
  • Prepare vegetables, then add to beans with garlic, onions, salt, pepper, seasonings, tomato paste, and rice. At this time, you can also add 4 additional cups of water and continue to cook until thick. 
  • Puree in processor at least 1/2 soup mixture, and then mix with un-pureed portion. Serve with Parmesan or Asiago cheese sprinkled on top. Note: This is better when prepared at least 1 day before serving, and then re-heated to serve. Add either Asaigo or Parmesan cheese to the top. Thanks to Jess, a fellow viewer for this wonderful recipe.


Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1426mg | Potassium: 1150mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 3555IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 5.5mg

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  1. Kathy

    Excellent recipe. Blend to your own liking- can be as creamy or chunky as desired! We live in area of Tosi and I can say this recipe is pretty darn close. Instead of salt pork I’ll use ham or bacon if that’s what I have on hand. Thanks for posting this – I’ve been referring to it for years (usually after I’ve put all the ingredients in by memory to check if I’ve forgotten anything)!!!

  2. XFamily member

    5 stars
    Lolol, there is no rice or peas in the original recipe ? in which I, myself do have! And, the northern beans are not dried beans, They are the ones in the glass jar at the grocery store and puréed!
    The reason for the difference in the typical red minestrone vs this northern white bean puréed to be creamy is the red sauce comes from a different location of Italy than where Emil and his mother Henrietta was actually from.

  3. bellabecka

    Tosi’s whether at the restaurant in Stevensville or at Tosi’s cafe in St. Joseph, MI, the minestorne soup is creamy in texture. It isn’t like the typical minestrone soup everyone else makes with a thin broth and lots of vegetables. Whatever they use in their’s it gives it a creamy smooth taste and the soup is thick in texture with no chunks of vetables in it. The last time I had their soup was in 2012. It was to die for. It is the best minestrone I have ever had, and would love to know their recipe.

  4. John

    This is not the Tosi’s Minestrone soup I know and love. The one served at the restaurant has always been minced/chopped and not watery and full of whole veggies. Need to check your source.

  5. Kerrie

    you can purchase this soup in quart containers at Cafe Tosi’s in down town St Joe. The ingredients are listed on the label and there is no salt pork on that list.

    • Stephanie

      This was the recipe as it was written down by I believe Tosi’s , but that was awhile back. Restaurants do change their recipes from time to time. None the less, I enjoyed dining up there while I lived in the area.

  6. Bucaneerbear

    if thats the picture of the soup… LOOKS nothing like Tosi’s. Although I have not been there for 20 Years, So it could be now but if it is not the same it was way back then and that would be sad for i LOVE soup and that was sooo at the top of my list

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