This version of the Italian classic soup Minestrone is packed with leeks, potatoes, beans, zucchini, spinach and orzo, making it perfect for a hearty lunch or supper on a cold winter's night. To make a vegetarian version use vegetable rather than chicken broth. Top each bowl with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano for a zesty burst of flavor.

Kathleen Desmond Stang
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Holiday Issue 1996


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  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 3 minutes. Add broth, water, potato, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.

  • Add orzo and cook, partially covered, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, for 5 minutes. Add beans and zucchini and continue to cook, partially covered, until the vegetables and pasta are tender, about 8 minutes more.

  • Stir in spinach and cook, stirring, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Season the soup with vinegar. Ladle into bowls and garnish with Parmesan.


Tip: To clean leeks, trim and discard green tops and white roots. Split leeks lengthwise and place in plenty of water. Swish the leeks in the water to release any sand or soil. Drain. Repeat until no grit remains.

Nutrition Facts

298.7 calories; protein 18.2g 36% DV; carbohydrates 54.5g 18% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 13.8g 55% DV; sugars 7.1g; fat 4.8g 7% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 5% DV; cholesterol 2.2mg 1% DV; vitamin a iu 11989IU 240% DV; vitamin c 62mg 103% DV; folate 374.8mcg 94% DV; calcium 250.5mg 25% DV; iron 7.1mg 40% DV; magnesium 140mg 50% DV; potassium 1683.1mg 47% DV; sodium 1080.3mg 43% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 21% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
This would was delicious and hearty just like its name! I added a squeeze of lemon to every bowl! I also did add the vinegar in the recipe. Highly recommend! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Did not add the vinegar, but it was absolutely delicious...My Husband is not a big soup eater, but he went back for seconds with this one...Thank-you :) Read More