The Ultimate Customizable Soup Recipe

This versatile minestrone soup is an easily customizable soup recipe which allows you to use what you have available in your pantry. See how simple it is to swap out ingredients in this wonderful single serving recipe.

A closeup of a spoonful of minestrone soup filled with beans and pasta noodles.

The Best Customizable Soup

Of all the soup recipes, minestrone soup is perhaps the easiest soup to customize. Let’s face it, the grocery store shelves just aren’t stocked like they used to be. At the moment, some supplies are scarce. With a few pantry staples you can put together an amazing meal with this soup recipe, swapping out ingredients with what you already have.

Take for instance, canned beans. Beans are an item that I believe should always be in your pantry. They’re delicious, convenient, inexpensive, and can often be used interchangeably with other canned beans in various recipes.

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Three of my favorite kinds of canned beans that I try to keep on hand at all times are garbanzo (also called chickpeas), black beans, and red kidney beans. Chickpeas truly shine in dishes like Chickpea Curry or a Mini Moussaka. A can of black beans can be blended together with spices and olive oil for a quick batch of hummus and red beans are the star in classic dishes like Red Beans and Rice and Vegetarian Chili.

Read More: Simple Single Serving Canned Beans Recipes

A closeup of a bowl of minestrone soup made with pasta and beans and topped with parmesan cheese shavings

While the beans in this minestrone soup are written as red beans, don’t be afraid to use what you have on hand. Just about any type of bean works well in this recipe. If you don’t have fresh garlic, feel free to use garlic powder or even garlic salt. If you use garlic salt, you might want to skip adding in additional salt initially. Taste the soup as it simmers and decide at that point whether or not additional salt is needed.

Water can be used in place of chicken broth, or you could even use beef or vegetable broth if that’s what’s available to you. If you don’t have canned tomatoes, chop one medium tomato and add it in its place. As for pasta, just use what you have.

If you’ve got a fresh carrot or two, chop it up and add it to the onions to cook. Same goes for a celery stalk or a small red or green bell pepper.

Lastly, the recipe calls for bacon but don’t sweat it if you don’t have any. You could brown a little ground beef and add it instead or add chopped ham, or cooked chicken.

The point is to make this minestrone soup your own. This is an excellent “shop your pantry and fridge” meal and one that you can enjoy customizing even when this crazy time in our lives is over.

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Easily Customizable 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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