Mar 072018
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This satisfying hearty minestrone soup features a classic combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta. Try it for dinner, you'll like it!

This satisfying minestrone soup features a classic combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta. Although this recipe is delicious as written, don’t be afraid to experiment a bit with the ingredients. This dish is a great way to use up any extra fresh herbs and vegetables you have available.

Tip: For best results, cook the pasta separately, rather than in the same pot with the rest of the ingredients. This extra step yields more consistent results by eliminating the release of excess starch into the soup. It also prevents the noodles from becoming too soft and mushy, which means more appetizing leftovers the next day and better results when freezing for future use.

Hearty Minestrone Soup with Fresh Arugula

This satisfying hearty minestrone soup features a classic combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta. Try it for dinner, you'll like it!


  • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 3 large stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1 28-oz. can petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 15.5 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 c. organic vegetable broth*
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1 T. fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped (or 1 t. dried)
  • 1 T. fresh thyme leaves (or 1 t. dried)
  • 1 T. fresh oregano leaves (or 1 t. dried)
  • ½ T. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 c. Fusilli pasta
  • 2 c. fresh green beans, cut into ½” pieces
  • 2 c. fresh arugula
  • Optional: Parmesan cheese for garnish

* Use additional vegetable broth to reach desired consistency, if needed

This satisfying hearty minestrone soup features a classic combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta. Try it for dinner, you'll like it!


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and garlic in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sauté garlic, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or just until garlic starts to turn golden brown.
  2. Add chopped onion, carrot, and celery and cook for another 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until vegetables are soft and tender.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, 4 cups vegetable broth, bay leaves, rosemary, thyme, oregano, and red pepper flakes to pot and stir to combine. Add Parmesan cheese rind, if desired, and season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  4. While soup is simmering, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid before draining pasta. Rinse pasta and transfer to a medium bowl and toss with remaining olive oil. Cover and set aside.
  5. Remove cover from pot or Dutch oven and add green beans and the reserved pasta cooking liquid. Stir to combine and continue cooking, uncovered, another 20-25 minutes or until green beans are crisp tender. Add arugula and additional vegetable broth, if needed, and stir to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until arugula begins to wilt.
  6. To serve, divide cooked pasta among individual serving bowls and top with hot soup. Top with chopped parsley and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve with crusty bread and/or a crisp, green side salad for a hearty meal. Enjoy!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 50-55 minutes
Serves: 6-8

This satisfying hearty minestrone soup features a classic combination of fresh herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta. Try it for dinner, you'll like it!Hope you like this Hearty Minestrone Soup with Fresh Arugula as much as we do!

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  29 Responses to “Hearty Minestrone Soup with Fresh Arugula”

  1. Minestrone soup has become a family favorite. So good with fresh veggies. Perfect for cold days.

  2. That looks so good! I love the addition of the arugula. It adds such a nice depth of flavor to almost anything.

  3. This is the kind of soup I really enjoy! I especially like soup in the winter, but honestly, I’ll eat it all year long because I just love it.

  4. I love soup anyway you can make it. At this time of the year I think it was the perfect meal. It sticks to the bones in it keeps you warm from the inside out.

  5. I like the tip about cooking the pasta separately. It’s definitely going to have a much better quality which is great because I love my pasta al dente!

  6. Hubby would enjoy this, he likes minestrone souo. Soup is one of my most favorite things about winter, and today is the perfect kind of day for soup.

  7. I like eating soup on a cold weather. And it seems like the weather wont be warming up anytime soon. I would love to try this hearty-licious recipe of you.

  8. Gahhh this looks so delicious. I love minestrone but never thought to make it at home!

  9. Minestrone is one of my favorite kinds of soup — this one looks mouth watering!!

  10. I make a minestrone soup that is similar to this. Minus the arugula. This one sounds amazing.

  11. I love a really easy soup. This one looks so good. It cooled off today, and this would be perfect.

  12. This is perfect for the springtime when it’s still chilly! I never thought about adding arugula! That’s a great idea. YUM.

  13. It is snowing here today so a hearty soup like that is perfect on this day. I have been looking for a new soup and it looks like it complies with our vegan diet.

  14. Now this looks like a good soup. So much flavor and good ingredients.

  15. I would love to make this sometime. This soup looks so great!

  16. Fresh herbs are definitely one of my favorite things to cook with! This recipe looks so delicious I will definitely be making this meal.

  17. I love comfort dishes like this especially when it’s super cold out. I love minestrone soup! It’s really good and it just reminds me of my childhood.

  18. My mom used to make minestrone soup all the time. I have to admit, I hated it! Now that I am an adult, I would love a bowl!!

  19. I like that you added arugula to this soup. I never think of arugula, but love that lettuce!

  20. This soup looks delicious. I haven’t had this kind of soup in a long time. It would be perfect right now too.

  21. This soup looks delicious! I am so trying this recipe at home!

  22. We make our own minestrone at least once a week during the winter. I love that every time we make it the soup is a little bit different but always heartwarming and comforting.

  23. A classic recipe that reminds me of my grandmother! I love making this at home and it’s definitely something that my husband enjoys as well.

  24. I LOVE Minestrone soup and this one looks just amazing. I am totally going to try making this asap.

  25. Nothing really beats a good hearty minestrone on a cold day! Your’s looks incredibly nourishing and reminds me that I have not made one in ages.

  26. This Minestrone looks delicious! I am in need of a good hearty soup right now. I think my kids would like this one too.

  27. There is a snowstorm here right now so perfect timing to see this Hearty Minestrone Soup. Love to try this recipe!

  28. My dad used to make us Minestrone Soup every Sunday in the chillier weather! I actually haven’t had it in a long time. He passed away 12 years ago, a month shy of meeting his first (and only) grandchild. This recipe actually is giving me the motivation to start carrying on the Minestrone Soup Sundays with my son, and it kind of brought a tear to my eye from memories

  29. I love minestrone soup although I’ve never made it. Great tip on cooking the pasta separately! Never thought of that.