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A pot of warming minestrone soup surrounded by a wooden spoon and chunk of Parmesan cheese.
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5 from 1 vote

Warming Minestrone Soup

A comforting, delicious minestrone soup that's easy to throw together right before dinner or leave simmering on the stove all afternoon. The perfect healthy, cold-weather meal!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 299kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ of a white onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 1/3 cup diced hard salami
  • 1 14.5-ounce can “No Salt Added” diced tomatoes
  • 1 32-ounce carton chicken broth
  • 1 15-ounce can Great Northern or kidney beans
  • 2 cups shredded kale
  • ¼ cup sherry
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Optional ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked mini tortellini
  • 1 Parmesan rind


  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, celery and carrot. Saute, stirring occasionally, until onion starts to become translucent and carrots and celery begin to soften.
  • Add salami, tomatoes, chicken broth and Parmesan rind (if using.) Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and add kale, beans, tortellini (if using) and sherry. Continue to simmer for at least 15 minutes or up to a few hours. Season with salt and pepper as necessary.


Wine Pairing Notes: Because this is a broth-based soup (rather than a cream-based soup) a light Pinot Noir would pair beautifully. However, the heartiness that the salami adds means the soup could also stand up to a smooth Cabernet Sauvignon or red blend.


Calories: 299kcal