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Homemade Olive Garden Minestrone

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Homemade Olive Garden Minestrone
Homemade Olive Garden Minestrone
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Homemade Olive Garden Minestrone is one of the tastiest and heartiest restaurant soup recipes, packed with peas, beans, carrots, and more great ingredients. If you're looking for a copycat soup recipe packed with nutrients, you've hit the jackpot with this one. The minestrone soup recipe is quick and easy to make. Make a large batch of this soup and you can enjoy it for lunch and dinner all week long. Serve this soup to your family and they will finally stop begging you to go to Olive Garden.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1/4 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 (28-ounce) can no-salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth ( you can use vegetable broth if desired)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup ditalini pasta

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
For another delicious copycat Olive Garden soup, try our Copycat Olive Garden Chicken and Gnocchi Soup


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute the onion until translucent.
  2. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds.
  3. Add the celery, carrot, and zucchini and cook about 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the dried oregano, basil, salt and pepper and cook 2 more minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth to the pot, the diced and crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
  7. Stir in kidney , cannellini beans and the pasta and cook until the pasta is tender about 10-15 minutes.
  8. Season with additional salt to taste.
  9. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Olive Garden Recipes and Other Italian Restaurant Recipes
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This copycat recipe sounds like it would be easy to put together quickly for a quick, hearty meal during a busy week. I bet it would taste better the second day too, as many soups and stews do. Adding a nice salad and loaf of bread or breadsticks like Olive Garden serves would make a very nice meal indeed!

he recipe say 1 (28 oz) can no salt added diced Diced what?

1 can no salt diced tomatoes. Thanks for bringing that to our attention! We've updated the recipe ingredients.

I enjoyed this soup, but I thought it could have used a bit more flavor.

Very filling and delicious! Perfect comfort food for the upcoming cold weather in the Midwest.

This soup was hearty in all the right ways. This is the perfect soup for a chilly day.

Here is a link to our version of Olive Garden's House Dressing. We hope this what you were looking for. Enjoy! -Editors of

I see you advertise Olive Garden's salad dressing in a number of places in your ads but can't find it anywhere in the substance of your ads for subscriptions!! JToomey


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