How To Make Minestrone Soup For One

Minestrone Soup Recipe – Easy single serving soup recipe made with vegetables, bacon and pasta. The perfect recipe when you are craving a great bowl of hearty soup but don’t want the leftovers.

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Minestrone Soup Recipe For One - this hearty Italian soup is filled with vegetables, beans, bacon and pasta. It's a flexible single-serving recipe that can be made with any number of your favorite vegetables and ingredients. | One Dish Kitchen

Minestrone soup has always been one of my favorite soups to order when eating out at our favorite Italian restaurants. It’s also one of my favorite soups to make at home. Minestrone soup, the Italian soup made of mixed vegetables and beans is also a soup that can be made with any number of your favorite vegetables and ingredients.  It’s kind of like a “clean your pantry out” soup and the soup recipe itself is very flexible.

In addition to being a flexible recipe in terms of ingredients, Minestrone is an easy soup to make and this single serving Minestrone soup recipe is the perfect size for anyone cooking for one.

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Minestrone Soup Recipe

For this single serving Minestrone soup recipe, I start out by cooking a little bacon pieces, otherwise known as lardons in my soup pot. Lardons is just a fancy name for little strips of bacon which will add a wonderful flavor to the base of the minestrone. I’m a huge fan of using bacon as an ingredient in my recipes. I love how it gives a smoky, salty flavor.

Minestrone Soup Recipe For One - this hearty Italian soup is filled with vegetables, beans, bacon and pasta. It's a flexible single-serving recipe that can be made with any number of your favorite vegetables and ingredients. | One Dish Kitchen

After the bacon has crisped, I remove the pieces from the pot and set them on a paper towel-lined plate.

Keeping the bacon grease still in the pot, I add in chopped onions and garlic.

Minestrone Soup For One - this hearty Italian soup is filled with vegetables, beans, bacon and pasta. It's a flexible single-serving recipe that can be made with any number of your favorite vegetables and ingredients. | One Dish Kitchen

From there, I add in beans, frozen mixed vegetables, tomatoes, the cooked bacon, some chicken broth and a splash of Worcestershire sauce.

As the soup simmers, the flavors really come together.

Finally, I add in a 1/2 cup of small pasta which will cook while the soup continues to heat. I used Conchigliette pasta and they look like small seashells.

As I mentioned, this single serving minestrone soup recipe is very flexible. I mostly use chicken broth because I always have cans of chicken broth in my pantry, but you could also use beef or vegetable broth instead.

I like to keep this soup simple and quick to make so I often use canned beans and frozen vegetables – use the types of beans and vegetables you like and keep on hand.

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Minestrone Soup Recipe For One - this hearty Italian soup is filled with vegetables, beans, bacon and pasta. It's a flexible single-serving recipe that can be made with any number of your favorite vegetables and ingredients. | One Dish Kitchen

As you can see, this minestrone soup recipe comes together quickly and is a great meal to enjoy as the cooler temperatures arrive. Enjoy this soup with a piece of crusty bread or a side salad and you’ve got the perfect meal.

What To Do With The Leftover Beans and Tomatoes

The remaining red beans can be used in many different recipes. Consider adding them to a salad or in a Chili Cheese Baked Potato, a Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl For One, or Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Burritos.

The remaining can of diced tomatoes can be used in Pasta with Vodka Sauce For One or Jambalaya For One. Diced tomatoes with their juices can also be transferred to airtight containers and frozen for future use. You can also use heavy-duty freezer bags instead of containers.

Enjoy!

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Minestrone Soup Recipe For One

Minestrone Soup For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Main Dish
Keyword: soup
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 673kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 2 strips bacon
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup canned red beans , rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup small pasta (I used Conchigliette)

Instructions

  • Slice the bacon into 1/4-inch pieces and cook in a medium-sized pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally until bacon is crisp. Remove bacon from pot and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Add the chopped onions to the pot and cook 2-3 minutes until translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  • Stir in the Worcestershire Sauce, the red beans, the diced tomatoes and the mixed vegetables. Stir for 1 minute.
  • Add the chicken broth and stir in the cooked bacon.
  • Season with salt and pepper and bring to a gentle boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the pasta and cook on low heat until pasta is al dente, about 4 minutes.

Pour into a bowl and serve.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 673kcal | Carbohydrates: 91g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 1994mg | Potassium: 1472mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 141.4% | Vitamin C: 39% | Calcium: 14.5% | Iron: 29.1%
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    14 COMMENTS

    1. Yum! I love minestrone soup! This recipe looks delish! I'm always looking for new soup recipes for the fall and winter!

      xo Ashley


    2. I just made this minestrone as it’s 24 degrees outside! My husband opted for a cheeseburger (he’s not really a soup person – his loss!! LOL!) So I found this because I am actually always looking for recipes we can both eat that are healthy but sometimes, he ends up eating something else and I still want to eat things he may not be crazy about. Anyway, made this tonight – it was delicious! I omitted the bacon and the Worcestershire sauce, sprinkled some cheese on it and it was so warming on this cold night! I used really tiny shells (soup shells) and it really made a good amount of soup! I ate it all!!

    3. This recipe looks awesome!

      BUT, I am a little bummed because, yes its cut down to size for one… but I can half or 1/4 any recipe. The problem is, now what do I do with all the leftover 1/2 can of beans, 1/2 can of tomatoes, the rest of the bag of frozen veggies? Either i have to get super creative to use them up, or (more commonly) they spoil before I can. That is what is so frustrating about cooking for one.

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