This simple healthy minestrone soup recipe cooks in less than 30 minutes and uses celery stalks, leaves and dried celery seed to flavor the delicious Parmesan-laced tomato broth.

Marie Simmons
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a large saucepan or wide shallow soup pot over medium heat. Add diced celery, onion, carrot, garlic, celery seed and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.

  • Add broth and bring to a boil. Add pasta and cook, uncovered, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, chickpeas (or beans), half the celery leaves and 1/4 cup cheese. Cook over medium heat until steaming-hot, 3 to 5 minutes. Ladle into bowls and garnish with the remaining celery leaves and a light dusting of cheese, if desired.


To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition Facts

198.2 calories; protein 9.6g 19% DV; carbohydrates 24.2g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 6.2g 25% DV; sugars 3g; fat 6.8g 11% DV; saturated fat 1.2g 6% DV; cholesterol 2.9mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 2331.1IU 47% DV; vitamin c 10.7mg 18% DV; folate 22.9mcg 6% DV; calcium 91.6mg 9% DV; iron 1.6mg 9% DV; magnesium 35mg 13% DV; potassium 570.3mg 16% DV; sodium 580.3mg 23% DV; thiamin 0.5mg 46% DV.

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3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
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Rating: 4 stars
I definitely like this soup! I made a couple changes but nothing major. I added lots more garlic (5 cloves total). I added a shake of red pepper flakes to give it a little kick. I also added zucchini. I added the pasta (acini di pepe) at the last 10 minutes of cooking rather than before the tomatoes and beans (I used chickpeas). I added some salt as well. I see myself making this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My family loved it! I used a rind of parmigiana cheese while the soup was cooking and then grated some on top of each bowl. With crusty sourdough it was very filling. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was a quick & tasty recipe. The Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese was not a good addition to the soup prior to serving because it just clumped up and stuck to the bottom of the pan and the serving spoon and did not incorporate into the soup. It's great to sprinkle on top of the soup prior to serving but skip adding the cheese at the end of the recipe as originally stated. Read More