Zucchini Minestra Soup

Traditional minestrone soup with zucchini, potatoes, tomatoes, vegetables and savory Italian seasonings makes a warming and hearty lunch or first course.

Zucchini Minestra Soup

Zucchini  Minestra Soup

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe  of the day  is for zucchini minestra soup, which is an Italian vegetable soup which can be made in a variety of ways.

In this version, I have left out the pasta or beans which are commonly turned to, as they are pantry staples, and opted instead to make a type with potatoes. And instead of green beans which occasionally make an appearance, I have left the vegetables as zucchini squash, along with a spattering of leeks, onion,  and celery, all being bathed in the usual tomato base.

Zucchini Minestra Soup

This is very much perfect for a snowy winter day, as it is here today.  The snowflakes are flying, and while in Cincinnati I am not being buried as the northern tier of the midwest  is under a foot high blanket in  blizzard conditions, I can comfortably enjoy  this flurry of  winter without  any real  accumulation.

Which of course, means no  sidewalk shoveling, leaving lots more time  to bake some Christmas cookies, which  I  will be sharing with you all of next week.  Just in  time for you to sort out your holiday baking plans.

It really is a good idea to  plan ahead, and that’s one thing that blogging has helped me with. I am normally guilty of holding off until the last second to  make menu decisions. But as a blogger, the window for  cooking and baking  arrives  several  weeks earlier (sometimes even earlier than that) so everything can be made ready to  put into a blog post.

Otherwise  it sits cooling its heels in the archive for a year- and trust me, I have  plenty of that material. Not all of it is being late getting  things made, but I cook prolifically, and I just don’t have time to blog everything properly, so it stacks up. Of course, Murphy’s law says that if I need a specific type of recipe to  blog together with my friends on a theme, I  can guarantee you I will have absolutely zero of those recipes set aside.

So it keeps me  hoppin’. Enjoy this one, which has been waiting in my files since February of 2016. But I  assure you- in all  that time, none of its  deliciousness has been lost. Not a single drop.


Zucchini Minestra Soup

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Zucchini Minestra Soup

Sue Lau
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6


  • 1 leek (white and light green parts only, diced)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 12 ounces diced zucchini
  • 7 ounces Russet potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 2 teaspoons basil paste


  • Simmer leek, onion, celery, garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, vegetable broth and tomatoes for thirty minutes.
  • Add zucchini, potatoes, and basil paste, then simmer 45 minutes more.


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