Easy Minestrone

If you have 30 minutes, you can enjoy this easy minestrone for lunch and save the leftovers for tomorrow.

Serves 8




  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup baby carrots, sliced into rounds or strips
  • 1 medium zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach, cut into strips (or whole leaf frozen)
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, cut into chunks (optional)
  • 1 small can beans: pink, kidney, or white
  • 1 15-oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup barley
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • Spices to taste (oregano, bay, caraway seeds’)

On high heat, saute the onions and carrots in cooking spray a few minutes, stirring often.  When onions begin to turn transparent, add the zucchini (and peppers) and quit stirring.  Allow the zucchini to brown slightly.

Add the broth, the stewed tomatoes (undrained) and the beans (undrained). Add barley.  Bring to a boil and simmer until grain is cooked.  Add spinach when soup is nearly done, so it does not overcook.

This soup lasts well but thickens over time.  To keep the proportions working, add more broth or stewed tomatoes. Another option is to take out some of the vegetables and use them as a vegetable side dish.

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Nutrition Information

Easy Minestrone

Servings per Recipe: 8

Amount per Serving

Calories:  103

Calories from Fat:  

Total Fat:  2g

Saturated Fat:  0g

Cholesterol:  0g

Sodium:  331g

Dietary Fiber:  4g

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