Italian Classic Minestrone Soup Recipe

Italian Classic Minestrone Soup Recipe

Prep time: 15 minutes — Cook time: 30 minutes — Total time: 45 minutes — Serving: 2 people


Easy and tasty recipe for homemade Italian minestrone soup with elbow noodles (or macaronis), bacon, and lots of vegetables. The best Italian soup!



3.53 oz (100 g) bacon dice

2 garlic cloves

1 yellow onion

2 carrots

1 rib of celery leaves

1 potato

14.11 oz (400 g) diced tomato, canned

1.9 cups (4.5 dl) water

0.5 vegetable bouillon cube

1.5 bay leaf

0.5 teaspoon dried thyme

1.76 oz (50 g) elbow noodles or macaronis




  1. Heat up a pan and cook the diced bacon. If you have bacon strips and not diced bacon, place the bacon strips on a cutting board, grab your KUMA kitchen knife and slice them into smaller pieces.
  2. With your KUMA Chef’s Knife, cut garlic, onion, carrots, potato, and celery leaves into fine pieces.
  3. When the bacon is crisp add all the veggies.
  4. Then add the can of diced tomatoes, water, bouillon cube, bay leaves, and dried thyme.
  5. Let it simmer for 15 minutes under lid.
  6. Add the elbow noodles / macaronis and let it simmer for an additional 4 minutes.
  7. Serve with warm bread.


Recipe for traditional Italian minestrone soup

Today we share our best recipe for a classic minestrone soup with bacon, pasta, and lots of vegetables. This is one of the best classic Italian soups that we now of, and luckily it is so easy to make! 

It is a really delicious and mild soup that always makes for a great dinner. It’s also a good soup to make when you have some veggies in the fridge that you need to use - we’re all about preventing food waste, so if you have some vegetables that might not be mentioned in this particular recipe, chances are they will still work very well in this soup.

Minestrone soup is made on a base of tomato, bacon and pasta. Additional we add a lot of greens such as onion, garlic, celery leaves, and carrots. If you have some other vegetables lying around that you want to use, go ahead. Things like zucchini or eggplant go very well in a soup like this. You can even add some peas if you have them.

Classic minestone soup from Italy

Minestrone soup is a real old school classic in the Italian kitchen, but it’s not a soup that has a particular “real” recipe that is the sworn way to make it. In Italy they actually use recipes that are in season so the ingredients in their soups definitely do vary from time to time and from place to place.

Can I leave out bacon?
Yes, if you want to make a vegetarian minestrone soup without meat, by all means feel free to leave out the bacon. Bacon does add a good and deep flavor to the soup which is why we add it, but a this soup is still really delicious even without meat.


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