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.

Bowl of minestrone soup topped with shaved parmesan cheese

Minestrone soup has always been one of my favorite soups to order when eating out at our favorite Italian restaurants. In fact, if you’re a fan of Olive Garden restaurants in the United States, minestrone soup is one of their most popular menu items.

It’s also one of my favorite soups to make at home.

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What Is Minestrone Soup?

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 recipe itself is very flexible.

In addition to being a flexible recipe in terms of ingredients, Minestrone is an easy soup to make. It’s also hearty enough to be a meal in itself.

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How To Make Minestrone Soup

You really can’t mess up a good minestrone soup. I use canned beans and canned tomatoes along with frozen vegetables to keep it simple. Feel free to use same amounts of fresh vegetables and fresh chopped tomatoes instead.

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.


  • bacon
  • chopped onions
  • garlic
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • canned beans
  • diced tomatoes
  • mixed vegetables
  • chicken broth
  • salt & pepper
  • small shaped pasta


  1. Begin by cooking the chopped bacon in a soup pot. After the bacon has crisped, remove the pieces from the pot and set them on a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. Add the onions and garlic to the pot and sauté until tender.
  3. Add beans, mixed vegetables, tomatoes, the cooked bacon, chicken broth and a splash of Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Finally, add the pasta which will cook while the soup continues to heat. I used Conchiglie pasta and they look like small seashells.

Pro Tip: This minestrone soup recipe is very flexible. I most often use chicken broth because that is what I always keep in my pantry, feel free to use beef or vegetable broth instead.

Can I Add Other Vegetables To Minestrone?

Yes, you absolutely can! One of the best things about Italian minestrone soup is that it’s a clean-out-your-fridge kind of soup. Use what you have on hand or what’s in season. A few favorites include:

  • potatoes
  • zucchini
  • spinach
  • green beans

Can I Make Vegetarian Minestrone Soup?

Yes, skip the bacon and use a good vegetarian broth instead of the chicken broth.

A spoonful of minestrone soup filled with noodles, beans, carrots, and other vegetables

What To Serve With Minestrone Soup

You might like to consider serving any of these wonderful single serving side dishes with a big bowl of minestrone soup:

Mini Irish Soda Bread

Spinach and Orzo Salad

Avocado Salad


What To Do With Leftover Ingredients

If you have any leftover ingredients from this minestrone soup recipe, you might like to use them in any of these single serving recipes:

Bacon: Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf, Twice Baked Potato, Stuffed Fish, Cobb Salad

Canned beans: Vegetable Enchiladas, Chili Baked Potato, Turkey Chili

Canned diced tomatoes: Goulash, Chicken Chili, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Tomato Sauce

Mixed vegetables: Fried Rice, Chicken Pot Pie

Pasta: Italian Pasta Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Crawfish Pasta, Mediterranean Pasta and Shrimp

Chicken broth: Skillet Chicken with Artichokes, Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata, Rice Pilaf

Tips For Making The Best Minestrone Soup

  • Cook the pasta until it is al dente (meaning it has a little bite to it) because it will continue cooking after you remove it from the stove.
  • If you aren’t eating the soup right away, cook the pasta separately and add it to the minestrone when you are ready to eat it. Otherwise, the pasta will get mushy.
  • Remember to customize your soup with ingredients you already have. From small shaped pastas to beans and vegetables, any will work well here.
  • Consider adding a protein to your soup. Make a chicken minestrone using leftover chicken or beef minestrone made with cooked ground beef.
  • Use rice instead of pasta. If you choose to use rice, I recommend cooking it separately to ensure it is properly cooked.
An overhead view of a bowl of minestrone soup

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Other Single Serving Soup Recipes

Thai Shrimp Soup

French Onion Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup

Curried Carrot Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Potato Soup

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Minestrone Soup Recipe

Minestrone Soup For One | One Dish Kitchen

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: 538kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 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 shaped pasta


  • 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.


    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 538kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 339mg | Potassium: 1355mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 7072IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 5mg
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    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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    18 thoughts on “How To Make Minestrone Soup For One”

    1. Michelle | A Latte Food

      This soup is gorgeous! I am a huge fan of minestrone soup, and I am loving how easy this recipe is! I can't wait to try it!

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

      xo Ashley

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