Autumn Minestrone Soup


I’ve always loved minestrone soup so seeing as it’s fall I decided to make a minestrone filled with the veggies of the season. This soup is incredibly hearty and filling even though it’s vegetarian. It’s a lot of dicing since there are so many veggies but you can take short cuts and use some pre-cut veggies like I did. I hate cutting butternut squash so I’ve been loving the pre-cut packages of it at the store. I’m willing to pay the little bit extra if it means I don’t have to spend forever peeling and cutting of of those.

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This minestrone tastes pretty similar the Slow Cooker Minestrone I have posted but rather this one uses yukon gold potatoes, butternut squash and kale. One thing I found that I didn’t think was necessary in this recipe is the ditalini pasta since you already have the starchy potatoes and kidney beans. I listed it as optional and I think I’ll try it without next time. It did keep it hearty and filling though. If you do use it you may want to add a little more broth after the soup rests because it will begin to soak it up.

I love vegetable soups and this one is a great way to get a good portion of veggies into your daily diet. It will also make great left overs for lunch for the next few days!
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Autumn Minestrone Soup

4.5 from 12 votes

A hearty healthy soup packed with seasonal autumn vegetables! Perfect comforting recipe on a chilly day.

Servings: 6
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 medium carrots , diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion , chopped
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 6 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 1/2 cups 3/4-inch diced yukon gold potatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups 3/4-inch diced butternut squash (I bought it pre-cut)
  • 1 medium zucchini , ends trimmed, sliced into half moons or quarters
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 tsp finely minced fresh rosemary or oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup dry ditalini pasta (optional)
  • 2 cups packed chopped kale (thick ribs removed)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can red or white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Shredded parmesan cheese , for serving (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots and saute 3 minutes then add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. 
  2. Stir in vegetable broth, potatoes, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  3. Bring to a boil then and stir in pasta if using. Cover, reduce heat to medium low and and simmer until veggies are nearly tender, about 15 minutes. 
  4. Stir in kale and kidney beans and cook until kale is tender, about 5 minutes longer. Remove bay leaves, serve warm with parmesan cheese.
  5. Recipe source: adapted from My Recipes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vegetable Soup
Author: Jaclyn


  • Alyssa Barone: Love this recipe! I also love how easy it is to swap or add ingredients. My grocery store was somehow out of butternut squash and zucchini, so I substituted with sweet potatoes and yellow squash, and it was still delicious! Also added green beans and chickpeas, and used coconut milk to give it a little bit of a creamy texture. I skipped the yukon potatoes since I used the ditalini pasta. October 29, 2018 at 10:35am Reply

  • Carol: Will be one of my favorites going forward. I put my bratwurst in it and it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe. It would be wonderful if we could get the nutrition breakdown for it. October 21, 2018 at 6:24pm Reply

  • Kristen: This is my faviorite Minestrome recipe! I made it last year and had to make it again now that it’s fall. I skip the potatoes as I like to make it with pasta. I also double the liquid for more broth. Amazing flavors, thanks for sharing! October 14, 2018 at 8:59am Reply

  • Meredith: Made this today for dinner tonight delicious hearty meal will definitely make it again, thank you for the recipe April 21, 2018 at 4:21am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving a comment! April 24, 2018 at 11:50am Reply

  • Tami: I made this soup this evening and it seems to be missing something. It just taste ok, nothing special. I added fresh Rosemary and dried Thyme. I double checked that I added as ingredients. Not sure what I can do to get it to that delicious state. ???? November 26, 2017 at 8:33pm Reply

  • Sylvia: The vegetables were not cooked enough under your direction November 21, 2017 at 4:11am Reply

  • Emilee: New favorite autumn recipe!! November 1, 2017 at 8:35pm Reply

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