Minestrone with Fennel

3 reviews, 4.7 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Adding crushed fennel seed to this dish helps create a depth that highlights all the other flavors and textures you find as you spoon your way through it.


4 oz ditalini pasta; uncooked
1 tbsp olive oil
6 cups chicken broth; (I used the turkey broth I made from
4 oz Canadian-style bacon; diced
2 cups onion; finely diced
1 cup celery; finely diced
1 cup carrot; finely chopped
1 tbsp thyme; finely chopped
1 tbsp fennel seed; ground
6 cloves Garlic; sliced
14 oz canned cannellini beans
14 oz canned diced tomatoes
4 cups zucchini; small diced
1 cup potatoes; small diced
4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp table salt; to taste

Original recipe makes 10



Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain and transfer the pasta to a bowl. Toss the pasta with a little (less than 1 teaspoon) olive oil to prevent sticking.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the chicken stock.

In another large saucepan over medium high heat, heat oil. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the Canadian bacon and cook until it begins to brown, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook about 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat to medium and add the onions, celery, and carrots. Cook until the vegetables are soft, stirring often to prevent browning. Add the herbs.

Raise the heat to high. Add the beans, tomatoes, zucchini, potatoes and stock and bring to a boil. Then bring it down to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are done, 12 to 15 minutes, skimming any foam off the top of the soup.

Season generously with pepper. Add salt, to taste. Just before serving, add the cooked pasta. Serve warm with Parmesan on the side.

Verified by stevemur
Alert editor   


Calories Per Serving: 155 Get detailed nutrition information, including line-by-line nutrition insights?  Try BigOven Pro for Free for 14 days!

Date My private notes
Add your own private notes with BigOven Pro!

Take your recipes anywhere

Save to your recipe box and bring to the store with free BigOven membership!

Recipe Links

Link in another recipe. What would you serve with this?

Comment on Minestrone with Fennel

Rating (optional):

sign in to add your comment

Get seasonal ideas by email


Comment or review

Very nice and hearty. Couldn't find the pasta so I used elbows.
stevemarr 3y ago

what a nice low calorie full soup that is even better the next day for lunch
DeeStalvey 4y ago

[I posted this recipe.]
FighttheFatFoodie 6y ago

Add unlimited recipes. Remove ads. Custom folders. Find recipes for your diet. Try BigOven Pro Free