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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Minestrone Soup Recipe For One
- 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)
- 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.
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