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Minestrone Soup

by Michael Rodgers, Dallas, TX | Written on November 15, 2011

Minstrone was first made in Rome, Italy and ingredients vary, depending on what vegetables are in season. The soup can be made vegetarian, add meat and usually contains pasta or rice. Feel free to customize this recipe with your favorite vegetables, meats, pasta or beans.

Yield: 1 Gallon

2-1/2 Tbsp Whole butter
1/2 Cup Garlic, minced
1 Cup Spanish Onion, diced
1/2” 1 Cup Whole Carrots, diced 1/2”
1 Cup Celery, diced 1/2”
1 Cup Idaho Potato, diced 1/2”
1/2 Cup Zucchini, diced 1/2”
1/2 Cup Yellow Squash, diced 1/2”
3 Tbsp Fresh Oregano
1/2 Cup Fresh Basil, de-stemmed & chopped
2 Qts Chicken Broth (can use vegetable or beef broth as substitutes)
1/4 Cup Flour
1/2 Cup Romano Cheese, grated
3/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
3 C Canned Diced Tomatoes
2 C Canned Garbanzo Beans, drained
2 C Maggiano’s Marinara Sauce
1 Qt Escarole Lettuce, diced 1” – outer leaves only
Salt and pepper (to taste)

1. Saute onions, carrots, celery, oregano in butter over medium heat until tender.
2. Add flour and stir to incorporate to form roux.
3. Add minced garlic, chicken broth, marinara sauce, potatoes & tomatoes; bring to a boil, reduce heat to
4. Add zucchini, yellow squash and garbanzo beans. Add salt and pepper to taste; simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Stir in romaine, basil, romano & parmesan cheese.

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  • Tjorda3

    i want the recipe fro Maggiano’s sausage and orzo soup SOOOOOOOOOOOOO BADLY!

  • Icesk8rsom

    sounds so good.  I have never added the marinara sauce or  escarole before. Will have to try it next time !

  • Icesk8rsom

    sounds so good.  I have never added the marinara sauce or  escarole before. Will have to try it next time !

  • Gabby

    Great job Chef Mike!! I lived on your minestrone soup for 3 years!


  • Rita

    I would also like the recipe for Maggiano’s Tuscan Sausage & Orzo soup.  We love it.  Does anyone have it?

  • Ddfabrics

    Love this soup! Wish your restaurant still offered it. Bummer. Maybe offer it as a Special only on Fridays?

  • Pam B

    I LOVE this Minestrone soup and was sooooo disappointed the first time that I went and it was no longer available. You used to have soups of the day too. I never had one that we didn’t love. I would take some of each home with me every time I went to Indianapolis for my 2 boys. We live 75 miles away and it was always their request to bring home Maggiano’s. Please bring them back..

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