Pasta Sauce Healthy Minestrone Soup

Easy healthy minestrone soup made from pasta sauce base. Super quick minestrone in about 20 minutes with tomatoes, carrots, yellow bell pepper, kidney beans, orzo and fresh spinach.

Within this post you’ll learn about minestrone and what exactly it is. Plus you’ll lean about cooking extra flavor into rice, pastas and grains. Pasta Sauce Healthy Minestrone Soup recipe - platingpixels.comYou may be asking what pasta sauce and minestrone soup have to do with each other. I didn’t know it was a thing until creating this easy and healthy minestrone soup either. And easy it is! I was trying to figure out how to best write the instructions, and you literally just throw everything in a pot and let it cook about 15 minutes; enough said. No long prep, pre-cooking or multiple pans needed.

This minestrone soup recipe is a simple mixture of vegetables, legumes, and some seasonings, so it’s super healthy; loaded with vitamins, fiber, and complex carbs to fill you up, while being vegetarian. To make it hearty and more filling I added orzo, but you can easily omit or substitute with something healthier or gluten-free.

Pasta Sauce Healthy Minestrone Soup recipe - platingpixels.comWith rainy days and early evenings, a warm bowl of soup was just what I was looking for. Soups are a simple way to enjoy healthy comfort food meals that last, and freeze easy for lots of leftovers. This minestrone soup photographed beautifully with an intentional rustic quality to set a comforting and warming mood. I had my share of soups a while back while developing and photographing 6 recipes for a freelance vegetable client within a month period. My freezer had never seen so much soup!

The main base is Bertolli® Riserva Pasta Sauce which adds a rich flavor and thick consistency. Betolli began selling olive oil in a small town in Italy more than 150 years ago. Eventually exporting to America, and being the first exporter of olive oil. Today that tradition continues with a broad range of Italian products that include pasta sauces. I used the Porcini Mushrooms & White Truffle Oil flavor. It’s subtle enough put perfectly flavors this soup. Minestrone soup is thicker than traditional soups and you’ll learn more about it in the cooking tips section below.

Pasta Sauce Healthy Minestrone Soup recipe - platingpixels.comLife can be busy (like my 6 soups in a month sprint) so taking time to enjoy simple things is important. Quality comfort food meals like this healthy minestrone soup come together in minutes so you have more time to enjoy things that matter most to you.

Cooking Tips: What is minestrone and how to get more flavor into soups, rice and grains.

Minestrone is a thick soup of Italian origin. It’s a tomato base mixed with a stock, and commonly served with pasta or rice. Vegetables in this soup usually include beans, onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes. I’ve made mine a little more Tuscan with the use of bell peppers and spinach.

How to get more flavor into rice or grains: An easy trick is to cook with tomato liquid, vegetable or chicken stock, instead of water. You can substitute equal parts to replace water. For example, to make a Spanish rice, use canned diced tomatoes with the liquid, or use chicken stock to make quinoa. This minestrone soup recipe has no added water, and uses diced tomatoes with liquid to create a base and cook the orzo. Just be aware these liquids contain sodium, so it will affect the amount of salt you add, if any.
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Pasta Sauce Healthy Minestrone Soup recipe - platingpixels.com

Pasta Sauce Healthy Minestrone Soup


Recipe at-a-glance:

Difficulty: Super easy
Flavor profiles: Savory, rich and umami flavors from tomato based pasta sauce. Legumes and vegetables at starchy flavors.
Texture: Thick soup base with tender vegetables, orzo pasta and kidney beans.
Dietary Options/Substitutions: Can omit orzo; rice or quinoa can but used for gluten-free.

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Pasta Sauce Healthy Minestrone Soup

Super quick healthy minestrone soup in about 20 minutes.
Course Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Author Plating Pixels

Ingredients

  • 1 24-ounce jar Bertolli<sup>®</sup> Riserva Pasta Sauce (Porcini Mushrooms & White Truffle Oil flavor)
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 15 oz cans kindey beans, drained
  • 1 ½ cups sliced baby carrots
  • 1 large yellow bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasonings
  • 1 –2 teaspoons salt depending on how salty you like your soup
  • 1 cup dry orzo uncooked
  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • Parmesan cheese as garnish

Instructions

  1. Stir all ingredient together except spinach leaves in a large pot. Heat over medium-high heat until boiling. Reduce to low, cover and simmer for 15–20 minutes, until orzo is cooked and tender.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in spinach leaves. Garnish with shredded Parmesan while serving.

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22 Responses

  1. Rachel Lloyd says:

    This is such a pretty dish! I love a good hearty soup on cold winter nights. I can’t wait to test this out.

  2. Brittany says:

    I love minestrone soup AND I love easy recipes! It’s fun to read a little more about the soup and how to make it more flavorful. I was trying to think of something for dinner tonight, and I think this recipe wins. Can’t wait for my hubby to think I spent all day on it when it is so easy! 😉

    • Matthew says:

      Thanks Brittany! I love comments like this, as it’s exactly what I’m going for. Simple recipes that are impressive and teach you a little bit about cooking. Have a wonderful week!

      • Brittany says:

        So I made this recipe earlier this week and it was a hit! My husband loved it. It was so flavorful and easy. I added in some celery we had and used wild rice instead of orzo (using what I already had in the house so I didn’t have to go to the store). Thanks for sharing this recipe. I think it will be a regular on my menu from now on!

        • Matthew says:

          Thanks SO much Brittany. I love comments like this, feedback of actually make the recipe. That’s really what we blog for. I could totally go for the wild rice option and will try that next time!

  3. January says:

    I would have never thought of using pasta sauce. I’ll be pinning this for later.
    January

  4. I love a hearty soup and Minestrone is no exception. Tuscan beans really build up the body of the soup and they are extremely tasty.

  5. SO BRILLIANT to use pasta sauce as the base! Something I always have on hand! =)

  6. What a great idea to use pasta sauce for soup! Never thought about that. I like that you put orzo in it too. Orzo is fun!

  7. Love the idea of using pasta sauce as a base for minestrone soup. Brilliant move for a super easy to make soup that is still packed full of flavor!

  8. Gorgeous soup full of so many wonderful ingredients!

  9. I’ve always made minestrone the old fashioned way, but your shortcut is great for a busy week-night!

  10. What an interesting, time-saving tip! I’ll have to try jarred sauce next time. Thanks for sharing.

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