Minestrone Soup

With any combination of leafy greens, vegetables and beans, this beloved Italian favorite can be thrown together with whatever's in your pantry. Ours includes corn, zucchini, carrot, chick peas and kidney beans.


  • 1 cup (240 ml) chicken broth
  • 2 fresh Roma tomatoes, quartered, or 1 cup (8-ounce) canned diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 baby carrot
  • 1/4 cup (40 g) chopped onion
  • 1/2 stalk celery
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) canned chickpeas, drained
  • 1/2 cup (63 g) zucchini, cut in pieces, steamed
  • 1/2 cup (130 g) canned kidney beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) canned corn, drained
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) Romano cheese, grated


  1. Place the broth, tomatoes, garlic, carrot, onion, celery, pepper, oregano, basil, salt, and tomato paste into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  4. Blend for 6-7 minutes or until heavy steam escapes from the vented lid.
  5. Reduce speed to Variable 1 and remove the lid plug.
  6. Add chickpeas, zucchini, kidney beans, corn and cheese through the lid plug opening. Replace the lid plug.
  7. Blend for 1-5 seconds, or until desired texture is reached.

This recipe has been written for the C-Series machines with Variable Speed control and Standard 64-ounce container. If you are using a different Vitamix machine or container size, you may need to make adjustments to the Variable Speed, processing time, and/or ingredient quantities.