The Italian word minestrone means big soup, and countless variations of the bean-and-vegetable soup are big in American kitchens. This version calls for broth as well as chicken breasts for extra flavor. One taste of our Italian minestrone soup recipe, and youll be hooked.
In a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven, cook the carrots, celery, and onion in hot oil over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add broth, white kidney beans, chicken, green beans, and pepper. Bring to boiling; add pasta. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
Stir in zucchini. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 8 to 10 minutes more or until pasta is tender and green beans are crisp-tender. Stir in undrained tomatoes; heat through. Makes 8 servings.