Olive Garden Minestrone Soup (Stove/Slow Cooker/Instant Pot)

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup (Stove/Slow Cooker/Instant Pot)

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup is loaded with tender pasta, flavorful tomato-based broth and healthy vegetables. This Olive Garden copycat soup recipe can be made on the stove, slow cooker or instant pot.

Like Olive Garden recipes? Try our other Copycat Olive Garden Recipes: Zuppa Toscana Soup, Pasta e Fagioli and Chicken and Gnocchi Soup.

Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Minestrone is an Italian soup with thick tomato-based broth, tons of vegetables, beans and a bit of pasta. This vegan soup recipe is ideal when you have vegetables to use up before they perish. 

Ingredients to make minestrone soup in individual clear bowls.

What Vegetables Go In Minestrone?

Speaking of vegetables, this Olive Garden copycat soup recipe is loaded with a mix of fresh vegetables.  Here are a few vegetables that work in the Olive Garden recipe:

  • Green Beans (Olive Garden does include green beans in their soup)
  • Potatoes
  • Kale
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower

What Is The Healthiest Soup at Olive Garden?

You’re looking at it. The minestrone soup is, by far, the healthiest of the four staples soups Olive Garden offers. As with most soups, the sodium content can be quite high, so we highly recommend sticking with sodium-free broth, tomatoes and beans. This way you can control the final sodium level.

Does Olive Garden Minestrone Soup Have Meat?

Nope. It’s the one meat-free/Vegan/Vegetarian Olive Garden soup recipe.

Black pot full of vegetables for minestrone soup.

How To Make The Best Minestrone Soup:

  • Don’t cut corners. Make sure to use high quality vegetable stock or the end result will suffer. Our Instant Pot Bone Broth would also work, if you’re not concerned with keeping this soup recipe vegan.
  • Vegetables – dice up the veggie’s as close in size as possible for even cooking. Fresh spinach works best. Frozen spinach will turn to mush.
  • Use no or low sodium broth, beans and tomatoes. Canned beans and tomatoes are LOADED with sodium. We make Instant Pot Kidney Beans, when possible, to use.

Slow Cooker Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Making Minestrone Soup in the slow cooker is just as easy as making it on the stove top. As with Instant Pot minestrone soup, slow cooker minestrone soup just mixes up the order in which you add the ingredients and when you add them in. Check out the recipe card below for the slow cooker instructions.

Instant Pot Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Making Minestrone Soup in the Instant Pot is just as easy as making it on the stove top. As with slow cooker minestrone soup, instant pot minestrone soup just mixes up the order in which you add the ingredients and when you add them in. Check out the recipe card below for the Instant Pot instructions.

Overview shot of minestrone soup being made in a black pot.

Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Recipe Variations

Gluten-Free Minestrone – Either use gluten-free pasta or rice in place of the regular pasta.

Spicy Minestrone Soup – Add some red pepper flakes.

Meat Lovers – add some browned Italian sausage.

Broth Lovers – Add more broth for a “soupier” soup.

Frozen Vegetables – replace any fresh vegetables with frozen, if that’s what you prefer or have on hand.

What To Serve With This Soup:

The only thing we eat with Minestrone Olive Garden Soup is bread: one hour dinner rolls, slices of French bread or even muffaletta bread if we have some on hand. Of course you can always whip up a batch of Olive Garden Breadsticks or even Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Uncooked spinach being added to Olive Garden Minestrone Soup in a black pot.

How Long Does This Soup Last In The Refrigerator?

When stored in an air tight container, this soup lasts up to one week in the refrigerator. To re-heat, just transfer the soup to a medium sauce pan and heat low and slow. The pasta does continue to absorb liquid so you may need to add more broth. Or cook the pasta right before you’re ready to eat vs adding it to the entire pot of soup.

Can You Freeze Leftover Minestrone Soup?

You can, but the texture and flavor won’t be ideal. 

What Soups Does Olive Garden Have?

Olive Garden serves 4 different soup recipes, and we have them all posted right here!

Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden’s most popular soup.

Pasta e Fagioli Similar to this Minestrone recipe, but more tomato and bean forward ingredients.

Chicken and Gnocchi The name says it all!

Minestrone –What is the difference between Pasta e Fagioli and Minestrone? More vegetables! 

Two soup recipes from olive garden: zuppa toscana and chicken gnocchi. Two soup recipes from Olive Garden: pasta e fagioli and minestrone.

Other Soup Recipes To Check Out

Jambalaya Soup
Irish Potato Soup
Carrot Ginger Soup
Creamy Potato and Leek Soup
Split Pea Soup
10 Minute Egg Drop Soup
10 Minute Creamy Tomato Soup
Unstuffed Cabbage Soup

What Wine Goes Best With Minestrone Soup

Chiante, Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio.

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Two white bowls of Olive Garden Minestrone Soup next to a white napkin and bits of parsley.
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Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

This copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup recipe tastes just like the real thing. It's loaded with pasta, beans, veggies and spices to create a comforting bowl of goodness.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Copycat Recipes, Olive Garden Recipes, Olive Garden Soup Recipes, Soups
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $5

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion, Diced
  • 1 Stalk Celery, Sliced
  • 1 Carrot, Peeled and Diced
  • 1 Medium Zucchini, Halved and Sliced
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes (14 oz.), Not Drained
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 4 Cups Vegetable Stock (*Note 1)
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Can Great Northern Beans (15 oz), Drained and Rinsed
  • 1 Can Red Kidney Beans (15 oz), Drained and Rinsed (*Note 2)
  • 1/2-1 Cup Small Shell Pasta (*Note 3)
  • 2 Cups Fresh Baby Spinach Leaves

OPTIONAL:

  • Parsley (Garnish)
  • Parmesan Cheese (Garnish)

Instructions

Stoptop Version:

  • Add the olive oil to a large pot and heat over medium high heat. Add the onion, celery, carrots and zucchini to the pot and cook until tender (about 4-6 minutes).
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds). Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add the tomatoes, broth, tomato paste and Italian seasoning and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the Great Northern beans, kidney beans and pasta to the pot and simmer until pasta is tender (about 12-15 minutes)
  • Taste the soup and add more salt and pepper, if desired. Stir in the spinach and cook for about 2 minutes, or until wilted.
  • Transfer the soup to individual bowls and sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.

Slow Cooker Version:

  • Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker, except the pasta and spinach. Let simmer for 4-6 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.
  • Taste the soup and add more salt and pepper, if desired. Add the pasta and cook until pasta is tender (about 25-30 minutes).
  • Right before serving, add the spinach and stir. Spinach will wilt within 2-3 minutes.
  • Transfer the soup to individual bowls and sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.

Instant Pot Version:

  • Turn the Instant Pot on to "sauté" setting and add the oil. Let pre-heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the onion, celery, carrot and zucchini and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, broth, Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper and pasta shells and stir to combine.
  • Put the lid on the pressure cooker and cook for 6 minutes at "high" pressure. Make sure the valve is in the sealed position.
  • Once the cooking is done, quick release the pressure.
  • Stir in the spinach and let wilt (approx. 2-3 minutes).
  • Transfer the soup to individual bowls and sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.

EQUIPMENT

Notes

Note 1 - Instant Pot Bone Broth would also be a great substitution if you're not vegetarian.
 
Note 2 -  We love making a big batch of Instant Pot Kidney beans to use in this soup recipe. 
 
Note 3 -  Feel free to use whatever small pasta you have on hand. 

Nutrition

Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 791mg | Potassium: 425mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3238IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 2mg
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