Marvelous Minestrone

Marvelous Minestrone | ChopChop


Minestrone [min-eh-STRONE-y] actually means “big soup.” Loaded with good-for-you veggies and beans, just add bread and cheese and you have a whole meal.

Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Makes: 6 to 8 Servings

Kitchen Gear: 

Measuring spoons
Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Measuring cup
Can opener
Strainer or colander
Large heavy bottomed soup pot
Large wooden spoon
Oven mitts


1 tablespoon
olive oil or vegetable oil
large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced
celery stalks, halved lengthwise and sliced
garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
2 teaspoons
dried basil
16-ounce can diced tomatoes, including liquid
10 cups
chicken, beef, or vegetable stock
1⁄2 bunch
kale, about 4-5 cups, chopped
1⁄3 cup
2 cups
cooked or canned white or kidney beans, drained and rinsed with cold water
freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Put the pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium. When it is hot, add the oil, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and basil and cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables begin to soften, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, broth, and kale and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and cook 1 hour.
  3. Add the orzo and beans and cook until the orzo is tender, about 12 minutes.
  4. Serve right away, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. ​