Autumn Minestrone Soup

Healthy, hearty, tasty and completely tummy warming, this minestrone soup was the invention for one of the nights my in-laws were visiting and it ended up being a mighty success. Of course, since I doubled it and made enough to feed a small country, we ate it for three days straight which probably lessened the success factor a bit, but hey, I’m all about capitalizing on a meal that works, even if it means major overkill.

The flavors are simple but classic: onions, garlic and bacon form the starting base of the soup and it builds simply with a stash of vegetables, small pasta, white beans and a light tomato broth.

What To ServeServed with a delicious dinner roll and a slice of cheese and this soup makes for a quick, fantastic meal perfect for the cooler weather.

Autumn Minestrone Soup

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Autumn Minestrone Soup

Yield: Serves 6

Autumn Minestrone Soup


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 6 ounces turkey or regular bacon or ham, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup chopped carrots
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf fresh parsley
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced (I leave the peels on with red potatoes)
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ cup to ¾ cup small pasta


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot until shimmering. Add the onion and bacon and sauté until the onion is translucent, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and stir, cooking for one minute.
  2. Add all the other ingredients except the pasta and simmer, stirring occasionally, partially covered for 20-30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Add the pasta and simmer for 10 minutes longer. Serve.

Recipe Source: My Kitchen Cafe

40 Responses to Autumn Minestrone Soup

  1. Susan says:

    Mel, It was so good! My husband wasn’t hungry again an hour later and my boy at two bowls, even the leftovers were delish! I left out the pasta and one cup water and subbed chicken apple sausage for the bacon. Amazingly yummy.

  2. Kelli says:

    Made this tonight! Turned out great! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Cheree Daley says:

    This may be a lame question, but I’m assuming a cook the bacon before I add it in?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Cheree – in the 1st step of the instructions it says to cook the bacon with the onion and oil. So yes, cook it up before you add the other ingredients. 🙂

  4. Andrea W says:

    made this tonite. it was great bc I had everything in my fridge and cupboard. One bite and my husband said, “wow, great flavor!” and most of my kids ate it. Delicious!

  5. jen says:

    Nice recipe. Looks very healthy 🙂
    Here’s another version I like as well.
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. making this right now! It smells divine! I’m glad I read the comment about putting the noodles separate into each bowl. There is no way my family will be able to eat all of this soup!! But I can’t wait to dive in. I didn’t realize I’m out of thyme. I hope it tastes ok without it. I also added a little chopped fresh spinach.. because I add spinach to whatever I can. Thanks for all your great recipes! <3 Them!

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  8. Patricialynn says:

    I’m wondering…could I substitute barley for the noodles? Or would barley not work well in this dish?

    • Mel says:

      Patricialynn – that’s a good question! I’ve never tried it but if you properly prepare the barley (soak and then cook long enough), I’m sure it would work. Let me know if you try it!

  9. Holly Andersen says:

    This was really yummy. I always put the noodles on the side, spoon a few into the bowls and pour the soup over them whenever I make a minestrone so I can freeze the rest.

    • Mel says:

      Holly – um, brilliant idea on the noodles. You better believe I’ll be incorporating that tip in for future minestrone nights. Love it!

  10. SJ says:

    Minnestrone seems like a simple, basic soup, but this was SO good. I couldn’t stop eating it. Thanks!!

  11. Nicole says:

    It’s bubbling on the stove right now. My kids and husband keep telling how awesome the house smells. I have a “turkey” bacon loving kid, so I hope this will make them all happy tomorrow for dinner.

    I love your site. Tuesday night we are having the pork that you recently posted. I can’t wait!

    • Mel says:

      Nicole – so glad the smell of this soup has made your family look forward to it! Hope it doesn’t disappoint. (Good luck with the pork…)

  12. Marne says:

    DELICIOUS! I made this tonight for dinner. I used whole wheat pasta and no one could tell. I love soup season…and this has become a new favorite. Thank you!

  13. Jannifer says:

    Made this tonight for dinner-it was so delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Kandi Victorino says:

    Made this for dinner tonight-YUMMY! The only thing I will change next time is to add more liquid. Definitely adding this to my soup recipe collection!

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  16. Kira says:

    Your pictures are so incredible-every post. They make me want to lick my computer screen. Weird as it sounds, it is true! You blog is just so beautiful and clean. Thanks for all your time. I can’t believe how easy meal planning has been this year for me, thanks to you!

  17. avril says:

    LOVE the looks of this soup! I often make a similar soup and sprinkle it with grated cheese and a dollop of pesto sauce (we call it Soup Au Pistou in my family).

    Happy Friday to you!
    ~avril 🙂

  18. grace says:

    i was just gazing at the minestrone made by pam of sidewalk shoes. i therefore take it as a sign that i need a batch of this cooking on my stove posthaste. 🙂

  19. faith says:

    mmm this looks so good!!! I love that there is meat in it!!! I’m totally bookmarking this to make next week!

  20. I could probalby eat minestrone soup every day for the rest of my life. I’ve never met a version I didn’t like! Yours looks divine!

    Instead of zucchini, I use dark greens: spinach in the spring/summer and swiss chard in the fall/winter.

  21. Karen says:

    ahhh, bless you Mel….bless you and your mad cooking skills! It just started to rain here in “sunny California” and I opened up your site and TA-DA dinner is right before my eyes! The only thing better would be if I could just print it out…and serve! alright fine, I guess that is asking a bit much! Thanks for dinner 🙂

  22. Jessica DuRee says:

    That’s so funny you posted minestrone because I was about to comment and ask if you had a good recipe 🙂 Thanks for reading my mind!

  23. I have a minestrone soup ready to post tomorrow – we are thinking alike these days 🙂 So good and healthy!

  24. Kelly says:

    I have only recently found your site and really enjoy it!
    I am curious as to how you get your recipes into a printable format though?
    I have a recipe blog and my family back home is always asking about the recipes but they have a hard time printing them. Is there a gadget I can add to my recipe blog to begin printing them out?

    • Mel says:

      Hi Kelly – I just use google docs ( where I create a printable version, click the “Share” button and use the link it gives me to include in my blog post. Email me if you need more details!

  25. Amber says:

    Oooo, that sounds like a winner! And it’s nice and chilly outside today. Perfect! Thank you!

  26. StephenC says:

    Ah, the perfect season to get to soup making. And if this delightful concoction made the in-laws happy, so much the better.

  27. Juli says:

    This looks great! I will be trying this for sure! Thanks for all the great recipes!

  28. This makes me wish it was cold outside so I can have a bowl of this!

  29. SnoWhite says:

    This looks delightful!

  30. CaSaundra says:

    I bet the bacon adds a great flavor enhancement to a typical meatless soup!! Yum!

  31. Kim in MD says:

    What a gorgeous soup! I love the bacon…I bet it gives it a nice smokey flavor. This looks like the perfect Fall dinner to me!

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