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5 from 2 votes

Magnificent Minestrone

A vibrant and colorful classic given an upgrade with ancient grains.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 350kcal
Author: Stephen & Elise Compston, RD, LDs


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 carrots peeled and sliced into 2" pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 8 cups reduced sodium broth
  • ½ lb fresh green beans sliced into 2" pieces
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup dry farro, barley, or orecchiette pasta
  • ½ tsp each dried thyme and oregano
  • ¼ tsp dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ teaspoon crushed black pepper


  • Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Add garlic and onions and sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until onions are tender and transleucent.
  • Add celery and carrots and sauté for another 2-3 minutes, or until celery begins to become tender.
  • Next, add green beans, tomatoes, broth, and remaining seasonings and bring to a simmer, stirring occassionally.
  • Add farro and continue simmering until farro is fluffy and tender, roughly 20 minutes.
  • Reduce heat and stir in spinach and beans, until tender is wilted.
  • Remove bay leaf and serve up your soup! Garnish with shredded parmesan or asiago cheese if desired, and enjoy!


Calories: 350kcal