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Minestrone alla Milanese Recipe

Also known as 'Summer Minestrone', this deliciously healthy soup is packed with vegetable flavor in every spoonful! Hearty and yummy!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 226kcal
Author: Neriz


  • Pyrex Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Chopping Board
  • Kitchen Knife
  • Rubber Spatula


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 15 pcs green beans, chopped
  • 2 small potatoes, diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 3 tbsp parsley, chopped roughly
  • 4 & 1/2 cups stock
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1 small savoy cabbage
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • handful mix of sage and basil, chopped roughly
  • salt and pepper, to season


  • On medium-high heat, use a medium-sized to a large saucepan to heat the olive oil.
  • Once olive oil is ready, add garlic, onion, and parsley.  
  • Cook until the onion turns soft.
  • Add zucchini, tomato, green beans, carrots, celery, and potatoes.  
  • Mix and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Pour the stock and cover with a lid, then bring to a boil.  
  • Lower the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes.
  • Remove the lid. Add rice, sage, basil, and savoy cabbage.  
  • Cover and continue simmering for about 18 minutes or until the rice is cooked.  
  • Adjust the seasoning, if desired.
  • Serve minestrone alla milanese with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano on top or a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.



  • Cook's Tip #1:  Chop the vegetables in identical sizes to cook them simultaneously and make it easier to spoon them when served.
  • Cook's Tip #2:  Use any flavor of stock that you like.  If you are using a fully seasoned stock, remember to taste the soup first before adding any salt.
  • Cook's Tip #3:  Arborio or carnaroli rice is excellent for minestrone alla Milanese, but long-grained ones like basmati or jasmine will also work.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 881mg | Potassium: 635mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3323IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 1mg