Minestrone Recipe | PBS Food

Minestrone is a thick, Italian soup with a chicken broth base with a lot of room for variety.


Prep time: 15 Minutes

Total time: 25 Minutes

Yield: Serves 4



  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 carrots halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 red bell pepper (ribs and seeds removed) cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces green beans stem ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 3 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup couscous
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) navy beans drained and rinsed
  • Coarse salt
  • Flat-leaf parsley leaves (optional)
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)


  1. In a 3-quart microwave-safe dish, place oil, carrots, bell pepper, green beans, and garlic; stir to coat. Cover and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  2. Add couscous, broth, tomato paste, navy beans, 1 cup water, and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt. Cover; microwave on high until vegetables and couscous are tender, 5 minutes. If desired, stir in parsley, and garnish with cheese.


This hearty and colorful soup is perfect on a chilly night.
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