Olive Garden™ Minestrone Soup Recipe

  • Yield : 1 Lg. Pot
  • Servings : 4-6
  • Prep Time : 30m
  • Cook Time : 30m
  • Ready In : 60m

This is it, the Olive Garden Minestrone Soup recipe everybody is raving about online. It’s a delicious and healthy vegetarian soup made with a variety of beans, pasta and vegetables.  It’s all combined in a nice and light tomato and vegetable broth. It’s not a heavy soup, but it will fill you up with plenty of healthy goodness.

Other Olive Garden Recipes

One of the most searched for restaurant recipes, you’ll be proud to serve this to your family or friends. This recipe works very well with the Olive Garden salad recipe and the Olive Garden Breadsticks recipe. Make it an Olive Garden night at your house.

Some people have said the real secret to an authentic Olive Garden Minestrone Soup recipe is to add a bit of red wine to the broth while it’s cooking.  While, I didn’t put that into the “official” recipe, I would love to know your thoughts on the recipe if you try it.

This Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe is Easy

This is actually a very easy soup to make, not requiring much in the way of prep work.  In fact, this is a great recipe to make up any night of the week and it saves incredibly well in the refrigerator.  You can double the batch and have soup to bring to work several times during the week.  Whether you’ve tried the original or not, this Olive Garden Minestrone Soup recipe will please just about anyone. Enjoy!


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small minced white onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 cup Italian green beans
  • 1/2 stalk minced celery
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cans (15 oz) red kidney beans, drained
  • 2 cans (15 oz) great northern or small white beans, drained
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup small shell pasta


Step 1

Measure olive oil into a large stock pot and heat on medium.

Step 2

Put the onion, celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini into the pot and saute for about 5 minutes or until the onions become translucent.

Step 3

Add the vegetable broth, drained tomatoes, beans, carrots, hot water and spices to the pot.

Step 4

Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.

Step 5

Add the spinach leaves and the pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

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I'm cooking this soup now and it's delicious! Can't wait till it gets done simmering. 

I don't know why people are complaining about taste. The Italian herbs and vegetables create fabulous flavor. I really like the suggestion to saute all the veggies before adding liquids because that is the heart of the flavor. IT really helped.

I used NO SALT for health reasons (blood pressure)  and I don't miss it at all.  As a vegetarian, I'm cooking this for the vibrant vegetable flavors.  I also made my own broth and tomato base instead of using anything from a can.. 


If you look at the Nutrition Facts for  Minestrone soup (via Olive Garden website), one serving of the soup has 840mg of sodium (about 1/3 tsp per serving); therefore adding more salt would increase the taste. 


This was not very good. I kept thinking it was missing some major flavor. We ended up adding extra salt... and we aren't big salt people. Another thing to note is that it says 2 cans of beans (15 oz). Most cans of beans are not 7.5 or 15 oz. So keep that in mind and don't add too many beans.


They put a rich Cabernet wine in it a manager told me.


Just found out that Olive Garden puts butter in the Minestrone soup. Unwise and unnecessary.


@thrillraceresq I cooked this myself (w/out butter) and it did not taste very good. I added just one tablespoon of butter to the pot (it was a HUGE pot) and it made a huge difference. That little, tiny bit of butter made it taste fantastic. The recipe does not call for it, but Olive Garden must put butter b/c my first try (w/out butter) didnt taste anything like theirs, but once I added the butter, it tasted exactly like Olive Garden's.

Unofficial "Chef" who loves to share..

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