This light and delicious Vegetarian Minestrone Soup is a tomato based broth full of vegetables, cannellini beans, and pasta. This soup recipe makes a great lunch option, or the beginning to a main meal.

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Homemade soup recipes

With fall coming I decided I a Vegetarian Minestrone soup would be a good order of the day. The recipe I picked was easy and used ingredients most of us already have in our pantry. I know you are all wondering – since you chose a Vegetarian Minestrone – did Grumpy eat it and if he did, did he like it?

The answer is yes and yes. He and I both agree that it needed more salt but other than needing more salt it turned out really well. I also realize that saltiness is a matter of taste and I think you should make the recipe as it is stated and only add salt to taste after it is done.

What you need to make this Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Fresh Vegetables: I used zucchini, onion, celery, carrots, and tomatoes.

Legumes: I used Cannellini Beans, however you can use any type of canned bean you have in your pantry.

Dried Pasta: The best pasta for this recipe is Ditalini pasta, which is a tiny tubular pasta.

Spices: You will need dried basil, dried oregano, garlic, salt and pepper.

Substitutions you can make for this soup recipe

  • Substitute any small pasta for the ditalini pasta. Small shells or elbow macaroni would work well.
  • Use 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes instead of canned tomatoes
  • Substitute 1 tablespoon fresh basil and 1 tablespoon fresh oregano in place of the dried herbs.
  • Use any canned bean you like in place of the cannellini beans. Kidney beans, navy beans, or black eyed peas all are great in this soup.

Other Soup Recipes you may enjoy

Hamburger Soup is another tomato broth based soup full of delicious ground beef.

Spicy Asian Chicken Soup is a favorite in our home. We love the Asian flavor and spicy combo.

Low Carb Spicy Shrimp Tortilla Soup is a delicious soup recipe that is full of shrimp and Mexican flavors

Green Bean Soup is made with garden fresh vegetables and a buttery milk based broth.

Spicy Shrimp Tortilla Soup
Spicy Shrimp Tortilla Soup

French Onion Soup is packed full of beef broth and onions with a delicious melted cheese topping.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is guaranteed to make you feel better!

Spiced Lentil Tomato Soup is another vegetarian soup recipe that is slightly spicy and so satisfying.

French Onion Soup

*If you made this Vegetarian Minestrone Soup, please give it a star rating*

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup
Yield: 4 servings

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A delicious vegetarian lunch option, this tomato based soup is full of veggies and pasta.


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups diced zucchini
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup drained canned cannellini beans
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup uncooked ditalini
  • 4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. Add water and next 10 ingredients (water through garlic); bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 25 minutes.
  4. Add pasta; cover and cook an additional 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 205Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 2mgSodium 504mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 8gSugar 8gProtein 9g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

Did you make this recipe?

Please leave a comment on the blog or share a photo on Instagram

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Jamie September 2, 2009 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    What a healthy soup and perfect for lunch. I just printed the recipe. I know my family will love it. Thanks for sharing it for our virtual supper club.

  2. Aggie September 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I'm making this when I get back from vacation Shelby! I love a good hearty and healthy soup so this one sounds perfect!! And thanks for the pasta warning! Your pictures look delish!

  3. Aggie September 2, 2009 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I'm making this when I get back from vacation Shelby! I love a good hearty and healthy soup so this one sounds perfect!! And thanks for the pasta warning! Your pictures look delish!

  4. Barbara Bakes September 2, 2009 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    We are on the same cooking wave length lately – I cooked minestrone on Monday! I'll have to give your version a try too!

  5. The Hungry Mouse September 2, 2009 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Oh, looks great! (And that's coming from me, the grand carnivore!) 😀

    Thanks for the tip on not adding more pasta. I make a baked spaghetti that's the same way. It calls for a tiny amount of pasta, but it really is enough for the whole dish once it poofs up.


  6. tamilyn September 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Makes me think of fall-all warm and comforting!

  7. Bellini Valli September 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    With my favourite time of the year and cooler weather approaching this would be perfect for packing for lunch. Thanks for sharing it with our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club.

  8. Mags September 2, 2009 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    We're soup people for sure. I can't wait to make this!

  9. Fallon September 2, 2009 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    MM I love minestrone! I'm so glad the weather starting to change. Soup is the best during the cooler months!

  10. Lynda September 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    I'm looking forward to soup weather this fall, so i'll have to try this version of Minestrone; I looks delicious!

  11. Helene September 2, 2009 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    This is comfort food at is best. Love the color of your minestrone. Thanks for making this soup for this month Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club.

  12. Coleen's Recipes September 2, 2009 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    In the winter time, I love to keep a crockpot of soup going in the kitchen. I'm anxious to give this one a try. Thanks.

  13. teresa September 2, 2009 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    oh yummy, this looks like the perfect lunch!

  14. noble pig September 2, 2009 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    This is a great lunch, so appetizing looking!!!

  15. Laura September 3, 2009 at 1:01 am - Reply

    Those pics are gorgeous!

  16. cindy September 3, 2009 at 3:06 am - Reply

    Looks delish, I will be making it soon. Can I use fresh basil in it? I have a bumper crop!

  17. Krissy @ The Food Addicts September 3, 2009 at 4:35 am - Reply

    what a perfect little lunch you had. i like the addition of the ritz crackers! everything looks great!

  18. Katy ~ September 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Yummmm… I can smell it simmering from here!

  19. pigpigscorner September 4, 2009 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a perfect easy and healthy lunch!

  20. Mel November 29, 2012 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Such a yummy soup! I made this for dinner tonight, and my family loved it!

Leave A Comment

Shelby Welcome! I'm Shelby, author of Grumpy's Honeybunch. I have been sharing family favorite recipes since 2007. I started the Keto Diet in October 2017 and since then I have been creating Keto ... read more

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Check out my new cookbook!