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Olive Garden™ Minestrone Soup Recipe

Olive Garden™ Minestrone Soup Recipe

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!

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Recipe
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
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Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small minced white onion
  • ½ cup chopped zucchini
  • ½ cup Italian green beans
  • ½ 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
  • ½ cup shredded carrot
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • ½ cup small shell pasta
Instructions
  1. Measure olive oil into a large stock pot and heat on medium.
  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.
  3. Add the vegetable broth, drained tomatoes, beans, carrots, hot water and spices to the pot.
  4. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the spinach leaves and the pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes.
Serving size: 2 Cups

 

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27 comments
GeanieWhiteSchmidt
GeanieWhiteSchmidt

I am going to make a large quantity of this soup. The recipe says serving size is 2 cups, but how many servings is in this recipe? I need the answer ASAP. I'm using this for a fund raiser next week. Thank you

Ricky Peck
Ricky Peck

I love Olive Gardens Minestrone soup. I printed it out so I could use the recipe for a chile/ soup contest at my church and I am sure that the soup will do well, thanks Chef Pablo for posting the recipe I cannot wait to use this recipe.

kyleandkathydavis
kyleandkathydavis

I am living in Turkey now so I make a lot of clone recipes for the foods I miss from the states. I thought this recipe was awesome I followed it exactly and I actually have Parmigano Reggiano to put on top because I am so close to Italy.

Shar
Shar

How much wine do you add?

Clifton
Clifton

I dont like olive gardens soup, it doesnt have any meat in it. "Disappointed."

Chef B
Chef B

I used to work there -- yes it has cabbage and the wine is a marsala red wine. I too omit the spinach.. but the tang is the wine.. :)

Grace
Grace

I have make this recipe several times because it is worth it. After sharing with other ladies here at the retirement community, they too love it. This is by far the best soup that I have ever tasted. Some of the other comments stated that this recipe was not as good as that of the Olive Garden. I disagree, this recipe is better.

patti
patti

This soup is so good.....the best part is that its so easy! I make it all the time now.....I don't like many veggies and now I feel like I'm being good eating this delish soup. The kids are even fooled!

laurie
laurie

This is fantastic. I made it with sherry, 1/2 cup of cabbage (no spinach), 2 cans of tomatoes, chicken stock instead of veggie broth, and it was much better than I anticipated. 5 Stars!!! Can't wait to make it again. Thanks for all those suggestions. When they are all put together - Voila, Magnifique!!!

Sophie
Sophie

I have made this several times and it just doesn't have the tart tanginess of the Olive Garden restaurant's, but it is still delicious and we love it.

patti
patti

Best I've tasted and easy to make.....5 stars!!!Excellent!!!!!!!!!!

Meeta Kamani
Meeta Kamani

Lovin it!!! This was one of the best soup recipes ever! Still I would prefer less spinach, but even with that it was good.

Amy
Amy

This soup was absolutely delicious!!! When it said it tasted like Olive Garden I thought, "Yea...we'll see!" But I was shocked that it actually did! My husband LOVED it, and he usually does not like soup w/ veggies in it! Finally found something that taste amazing and is so healthy! And if it's a hit w/ my 7 yr old picky eater, you know it has to be good!

Tina
Tina

Great recipe! Used Pomi Italian tomatoes and that made all the difference. Used chicken stock rather than vegetable stock and less water.

joleen
joleen

Delicious this tastes just like olive garden. I suggest not draining the tomatoes and putting at least 2 cans. I believe only one can of each type if bean is perfect. Great recipe.

helen
helen

This recipe is awesome! Took me a few months to figure out that secret taste..I've added a few different red wines from red cooking wine to chianti! But just last week I realized..it's Sherry that makes this recipe perfecto! Also, I leave out the green beans & spinach because I don't like them and it's still great! A favorite even for my carnivore husband :) Filling & perfect for company! Serve with some rolls :)

Julie
Julie

Delicious! My entire family loves this, even my usually meat-eating husband! Rave reviews from him and my 7 & 3 year old boys. And very much like Olive Garden's recipe : )

valerie
valerie

i am looking forward to making this recipe..i have recently purchased a slow cooker and would like to make this recipe in it...any suggestions for cooking time? thanks. valerie

Dina
Dina

Great recipe! Just finished a bowl and my 5 year old son is yelling out 'MMMM THIS IS SO GOOD!' I did add some cabbage which is in the OG soup, and I liked the smaller cut tomato and celery rather than the chunks that OG serve. I could only find canned Italian green beans, but they worked fine. I will definitely make this again! Thanks!

Jen
Jen

Isn't there cabbage (or some other roughage) in Olive Garden's version? I have eaten this soup THOUSANDS of times and swear there is. I am excited to try this recipe. I have been looking online for a LONG time to find some version of it...Thanks!!

Terri
Terri

This was absolutely fantastic! Easy, delicious and filling. As good as the one at Olive Garden.

Janet Seymour
Janet Seymour

This is the best Minestrone soup ever. It was easy to make and I give it the highest rating. I will make it again and again and again, ect. THANK YOU!

Gizella
Gizella

I need to convert your recipe for minestrone from olive garden to feed 50 - 100 people. Do you have that conversion recipe?

LauraDanielleHildebrand
LauraDanielleHildebrand

@Clifton  It said at the beginning it's a vegetarian soup. not everything has to have meat in it. you can always just add some if you're making it at home.

Ricky Peck
Ricky Peck

@Grace I completely Agree with you Olive Gardens Minestrone soup is the best oup I have ever tasted and I cannot wait to try the recipe for myself.

Patch
Patch

Wow!! This is for about 8 servings. So, I would just multiply everything above by about 10. That will give you enough for 80 people. Keep in mind, this is going to change the cooking times a bit. Cooking the garlic, onions, beans and zuchini will take a little longer than 5 minutes.Once you get it to a boil, you should be able to simmer for just 20 minutes. Remember, it's going to take a LOT more eat and a lot longer to get it to a boil. You may want to do this in batches, unless you have industrial equipment.Hopefully this help. Let me know how it turns out.

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  1. [...] I’ve been wanting to make minestrone soup for awhile now, actually. I eat the Campbells canned version on occasion, and while I enjoy it, it’s really salty and I figured homemade would be better. I’ve also been known to enjoy Olive Garden minestrone, so I figured that would be a good starting off point. And thus I found this imitator recipe to try. [...]

  2. [...] a copycat of OG’s. Eventually, I chose to go with Chef Pablos! The link to original recipe is Click here! I am grateful and happy I chose this recipe because it is just like the one served in [...]

37 Responses to Olive Garden™ Minestrone Soup Recipe

  1. Janet Seymour says:

    This is the best Minestrone soup ever. It was easy to make and I give it the highest rating. I will make it again and again and again, ect. THANK YOU!

  2. Terri says:

    This was absolutely fantastic! Easy, delicious and filling. As good as the one at Olive Garden.

  3. Jen says:

    Isn’t there cabbage (or some other roughage) in Olive Garden’s version? I have eaten this soup THOUSANDS of times and swear there is. I am excited to try this recipe. I have been looking online for a LONG time to find some version of it…Thanks!!

  4. Dina says:

    Great recipe! Just finished a bowl and my 5 year old son is yelling out ‘MMMM THIS IS SO GOOD!’ I did add some cabbage which is in the OG soup, and I liked the smaller cut tomato and celery rather than the chunks that OG serve. I could only find canned Italian green beans, but they worked fine.
    I will definitely make this again! Thanks!

  5. valerie says:

    i am looking forward to making this recipe..i have recently purchased a slow cooker and would like to make this recipe in it…any suggestions for cooking time?
    thanks.
    valerie

  6. Julie says:

    Delicious! My entire family loves this, even my usually meat-eating husband! Rave reviews from him and my 7 & 3 year old boys. And very much like Olive Garden’s recipe : )

  7. helen says:

    This recipe is awesome! Took me a few months to figure out that secret taste..I’ve added a few different red wines from red cooking wine to chianti! But just last week I realized..it’s Sherry that makes this recipe perfecto! Also, I leave out the green beans & spinach because I don’t like them and it’s still great! A favorite even for my carnivore husband :) Filling & perfect for company! Serve with some rolls :)

  8. joleen says:

    Delicious this tastes just like olive garden. I suggest not draining the tomatoes and putting at least 2 cans. I believe only one can of each type if bean is perfect. Great recipe.

  9. Tina says:

    Great recipe! Used Pomi Italian tomatoes and that made all the difference. Used chicken stock rather than vegetable stock and less water.

  10. Amy says:

    This soup was absolutely delicious!!! When it said it tasted like Olive Garden I thought, “Yea…we’ll see!” But I was shocked that it actually did! My husband LOVED it, and he usually does not like soup w/ veggies in it! Finally found something that taste amazing and is so healthy! And if it’s a hit w/ my 7 yr old picky eater, you know it has to be good!

  11. Meeta Kamani says:

    Lovin it!!! This was one of the best soup recipes ever! Still I would prefer less spinach, but even with that it was good.

  12. patti says:

    Best I’ve tasted and easy to make…..5 stars!!!Excellent!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Sophie says:

    I have made this several times and it just doesn’t have the tart tanginess of the Olive Garden restaurant’s, but it is still delicious and we love it.

  14. laurie says:

    This is fantastic. I made it with sherry, 1/2 cup of cabbage (no spinach), 2 cans of tomatoes, chicken stock instead of veggie broth, and it was much better than I anticipated. 5 Stars!!! Can’t wait to make it again. Thanks for all those suggestions. When they are all put together – Voila, Magnifique!!!

  15. patti says:

    This soup is so good…..the best part is that its so easy! I make it all the time now…..I don’t like many veggies and now I feel like I’m being good eating this delish soup. The kids are even fooled!

  16. Grace says:

    I have make this recipe several times because it is worth it. After sharing with other ladies here at the retirement community, they too love it. This is by far the best soup that I have ever tasted. Some of the other comments stated that this recipe was not as good as that of the Olive Garden. I disagree, this recipe is better.

  17. Chef B says:

    I used to work there — yes it has cabbage and the wine is a marsala red wine. I too omit the spinach.. but the tang is the wine.. :)

  18. Clifton says:

    I dont like olive gardens soup, it doesnt have any meat in it. “Disappointed.”

  19. Shar says:

    How much wine do you add?

  20. Dina says:

    I love OG minestrone soup, since I have IBS, this soup is wonderful. I love it. So glad to find the recipe. From all the comments, how much red wine? I am very excited to made this soup and try all the hints to get it the best way; I would like it.

  21. TAB says:

    How do I ‘pin’ this recipe for pinterest?

  22. Tracy says:

    It’s Minestrone…..aka….Italian VEGETABLE soup :-) No meat…can be made with beef or chicken broth, but this recipe is a PERFECT Lenten recipe….as is :-)

    As for the Slow Cooker ?…..I always cook mine in a slow cooker….8-10 hours on low will do the trick :-)

  23. Dolores Weaver says:

    GREAT LENTEN SOUP SUPPER FOR CHURCH GATHERING. i WAS A HUGE SUCCESS LAST YEAR SO I WILL REPEAT THE SAME RECIPE THIS YEAR

  24. LINDA says:

    I MADE THIS AND ADDED ITALIAN SAUSAGE AND 2 CLOVES OF CRUSHED GARLIC AND CHICKEN STOCK. YUM

  25. Sue says:

    I tried this recipe and just loved it. It is so delicious. I added cabbage. I used canned green beans instead of frozen Italian bean. I used chicken stock instead of vegetable broth.
    I added red wine and a drop of apricot brandy. I added about 2
    tablespoons of brown sugar. With these additions, soup came out
    delicious. Iam so glad that I found this recipe. Now I can make it at home.

  26. Eglyntine says:

    While not exactly like the Olive Garden version (mostly because I substituted the Veggie broth for Beef Stock) this was an amazing soup. I think I like this recipe MORE than OG’s version. My 7 and 4 year old told me it is the best soup I have ever made. And while my DH does not usually go for soups with tomatoes in it he loved this soup. So definitely a big fat KUDOS to this recipe.

    I only made the one change of using Beef stock for the vegetable broth but other than that I followed the recipe to the letter. Wonderful and really super easy to make!

  27. Dabaloo says:

    followed the measurements exactly-not sure if receipe means two 15 oz cans of beans or should the two total 15oz. i opted for less beans.
    i used the fennel and red pepper diced tomatoes and this gives the soup a little tang. it is so delicious i will use this receipe forever!!

    • Chef Pablo says:

      Thanks! I’ve updated the recipe to show that it’s 2 cans of beans, 15 oz each. Sorry for the confusion. Glad you enjoyed it!

      • Bobbie says:

        Chef Pablo. I would like to make for my family but need help in figuring how much of each ingredient goes into serving size for
        8 people. Can you please advise? Thank you.

  28. Brenda says:

    I just made this soup. It is sitting on the stove to cool off a little before I put it into the fridge. I can only hope the flavors will “marry” over night as I find this recipe to be bland, tasteless and without body, even with the addition of chicken broth and red wine. Very disappointed.

  29. basanthi says:

    i made this soup yesterday. Everyone in my house loved it. thanks for the recipe.

  30. [...] I’ve been wanting to make minestrone soup for awhile now, actually. I eat the Campbells canned version on occasion, and while I enjoy it, it’s really salty and I figured homemade would be better. I’ve also been known to enjoy Olive Garden minestrone, so I figured that would be a good starting off point. And thus I found this imitator recipe to try. [...]

  31. Josh says:

    Going make this tomorrow. Im going to follow the recipe and add a cup of marsala wine. Hopefully this taste like the original.

  32. [...] a copycat of OG’s. Eventually, I chose to go with Chef Pablos! The link to original recipe is Click here! I am grateful and happy I chose this recipe because it is just like the one served in [...]

  33. Sally Bivens says:

    I’m this for the first time I’ll let you know how it comes out.

  34. Melissa says:

    I want to make this soup because I love the OG soup. If you cook and substitute dried beans, how much would you put in. I noticed that several people mentioned cabbage, would you recommend it? Is it in the Olive Garden recipe? We don’t drink any wine, but is there an alternative that would give it that “tang” what about a little lemon juice?

  35. Chef Pablo says:

    Wow!! This is for about 8 servings. So, I would just multiply everything above by about 10. That will give you enough for 80 people. Keep in mind, this is going to change the cooking times a bit. Cooking the garlic, onions, beans and zuchini will take a little longer than 5 minutes.

    Once you get it to a boil, you should be able to simmer for just 20 minutes. Remember, it’s going to take a LOT more heat and a lot longer to get it to a boil. You may want to do this in batches, unless you have industrial equipment.

    Hopefully this help. Let me know how it turns out.

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