Making Homemade Minestrone For My Italian Family! Plus a $10 Paypal Credit Giveaway!


My husband is Italian and one of his favorite dishes is Minestrone. In fact if he makes dinner for the kids, this is a go to dish. I decided to try my hand at making it from scratch this week and between hubby and my oldest son, I got a thumbs up on my creation.

Homemade Minestrone

The timing was perfect for this recipe since Publix is running their Viva Italia Sale and I was able to pick up most of the ingredients at Buy One Get One Free.  Plus, there are Coupons for the sale as well. (available for a limited time).

What is really nice about this Homemade Minestrone recipe is it is meat free and I can recreate it again for Lent. Plus, it is super convenient since I am already stocked up from the sale.

Progresso Tomato Basil Soup

Now before I put the dish together I did mention the items I was contemplating to my hubby and he thought my choices were great. He did recommend omitting sweet peas, and this worked out because the already was including a bunch of veggies.  If you would like to try this recipe, details are below!

Homemade Minestrone Serves around 6-8


1 – 28 oz Can of Hunt’s Petite Diced Tomatoes

1 Can of Progresso Tomato Basil Soup

1 Can of Green Beans

1 Can of Sweet Corn

1 Can of Progresso Cannellini (White Kidney Beans)

1/2 of a 16oz Box of Penne Rigate Pasta (2 Cups uncooked)

1- 6 oz Bag of Baby Spinach

1 Can of Water (I used the Progresso Can)

Ingredients needed to make Homemade Minestrone Soup


Combine all of the ingredients in a large pot, cover, and place the temperature on the stove at Medium. For the next 10 minutes stir occasionally until the spinach cooks down. Then move the temperature to low and continue to stir occasionally for the next 20-30 minutes.

Once the pasta is tender, it is ready to serve and I suggest topping with 1 to 2 Tablespoons of shredded Parmesan cheese

Homemade Minestrone in a Pot

The consistency of this dish is like that of a stew and can be served as leftovers. However, I think it is best to eat this Homemade Minestrone fresh due the spinach.

What types of ingredients do you use or do you like in your Homemade Minestrone? What other recipe would you like to try from the Viva Italia Event?

Homemade Minestrone Recipe

Look for in-store displays and recipe cards at Publix to find delicious recipe ideas and up to $9.50 in potential coupon savings. Plus get $2.00 Off Produce with the purchase of Any Four (4) participating products . Participating products: Hunt’s Tomatoes 14.5 oz., Progresso Bread Crumbs 15 oz., Progresso Beans 19 oz. 

For additional Italian Recipes, be sure to visit Publix Vivia Italia Sale. Also be sure to take advantage of the Publix Viva Italia Sale Coupons. Offers are available at your neighborhood Publix store from 2/18/16-3/2/16.

Carlee @ LAAF

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  1. I would like to try the Chocolate Chip Biscotti recipe from the web site; I like a simple soup with carrots, celery, spinach and noodles.

  2. Tuscan Broccoli Pizza

  3. I want to try the Chicken Osso Bucco. I like to add kale, carrots, beans and tomatoes in my soup

  4. I use whatever I have on hand to make soup. I would like to try Ham Florentine Mini – Cups

  5. I usually put green beans, carrots and different types of beans in mine for sure! I also love rotel tomatoes for a bit of spice. The Roasted Vegetable Pasta Bake looks delicious!

  6. Kelly Nicholson says:

    What types of ingredients do you use or do you like?

    tomatoes,noodles,carrot,potato’s,but i usually make mine with some meat

  7. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I like carrots, onions and mushrooms in my soup.

  8. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like carrots in my soup. I want to try the Roasted Vegetable Pasta Bake

  9. shelly peterson says:

    I want to try the Kickin’ Baked Rigatoni recipe.

  10. I’ve never made minestrone before but I like when it has carrots, onions, and beans in it. Other recipes I think look fabulous are the tuscan broccoli pizza and the slow cooker mushroom spinach lasagna.

  11. In my minestrone I add beans, onions, carrots, pasta, crushed tomatoes. I like the pasta e fagioli recipe on the site!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  12. Ann Fantom says:

    I use beans, pasta, carrots and tomatoes in my soup I would like to try the Ham Florentine Mini Cups recipe

  13. I like to put tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots, lima beans, black beans, kidney beans, peas and onions in my minestrone.

  14. Julia Barnes says:

    I like to put white beans in my minestrone for some extra protein!

  15. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    So many great ones to choose from. I would like to try the Kickin’ Baked Rigatoni.

  16. My recipe has onions, carrots, celery, white beans, kale and tomatoes. I use chicken broth for extra flavor.

  17. I like sausage in minestrone soup. I also want to try the Kickin’ Baked Rigatoni recipe.

  18. I’ve never made minestrone but it looks good! I would like to try the roasted vegetable pasta bake.

  19. I love lots of tomatoes, beans, onions, carrots, and potatoes.

  20. Keri Justice says:

    Would love to try the ham florentine mini cups.

  21. Terri Irvin says:

    I make my Italian Mother in law’s Minestrone Soup from scratch! The (winter version) soup has onions, carrots, celery,garlic, swiss chard, potatoes, tomatoes, rosemary sprig and Italian parsley.

  22. beth shepherd says:

    I like to add a lil heat to mine with jalapenos or with red pepper flakes. THank you!

  23. I love carrots and potatoes

  24. Keri Justice says:

    I’ve never made minestrone. But this recipe looks delicious!!

  25. Brittney House says:

    I like carrots and beans in mine.

  26. I like beans, carrots and onion in my minestrone. The Ham Florentine Mini-Cups look delicious too!

  27. rochelle haynes says:

    I would like tomatoes and chicken in mines

  28. Oh I would love to try the Slow Cooker Mushroom Spinach Lasagna!! In my Minestrone I use celery, carrots, tomatoes, kidney beans, and a little chopped up kale!

  29. I would try the Chocolate Chip Biscotti. I love using ingredients like fresh tomatoes and herbs

  30. HS kraftmaking says:

    I would like to try Chunky Tomato Sauce with Bucatini Pasta recipe. I would use mushroom and corn in my Minestrone.

  31. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    I don’t make it but my mom makes the best I have ever tasted but she won’t let me know what she puts in it.

  32. Kyl Neusch says:

    like carrots, onions and mushrooms

  33. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I like beans, tomatoes, carrots, celery, green pepper, and lots of Parm!

  34. I use beans, carrots and onions in minestrone.

  35. The ingredients I use depend on the recipe I’m using. For this week, it will be all that are in your recipe!!! YUM!!!

  36. Caitlin M says:

    I like to put different types of beans, carrots and corn in minestrone.

  37. amanda whitley says:

    i like most of the same ingredients but like to add celery in mine. i want to try the recipe for Ham Florentine Mini – Cups

  38. Stephanie Liske says:

    I would like to try the Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken and Green Chile Tacos.

  39. Erica B. says:

    I have to have carrots!

  40. Daniel M says:

    i like lots of veggies, corn carrots green beans

  41. Susan Smith says:

    I would like to try the Kickin’ Baked Rigatoni recipe.

  42. susan smoaks says:

    i like beans and corn and tomatoes in my minestrone

  43. Francine Anchondo says:

    I like lots of veggies in mine. I would also like to try the Chocolate Chip Biscotti recipe.

  44. Terry Cross says:

    I’ve never had or made minestrone but zucchini might be good addition. I’d like to try the Tuscan Broccoli pizza

  45. Charlene S. says:

    I like lots of tomatoes in mine. I would like to try the Kickin’ Baked Rigatoni recipe.

  46. Richard Hicks says:

    I like extra carrots in mine. Would like to try the Slow Cooker Mushroom Spinach Lasagna recipe

  47. I’d like the Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder Sugo.
    Thanks for the contest.

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