8 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups soup and 1 tablespoon cheese)

Make the most of fall produce like butternut squash and kale in this hearty vegetarian soup. Pasta and beans make it especially filling.

How to Make It

Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 2 1/2 minutes or until tender. Add broth and the next 7 ingredients (broth through salt); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes. Add kale, orzo, and beans; cook 5 minutes or until orzo is done and vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

daneanp's Review

October 09, 2012
This was just ok, a bit bland though. I used chicken broth and herbs de provence instead of the oregano. I think tomorrow I'll add some bacon bits on top along with the parmesan. Sliced turkey kielbasa would be a good addition and would only raise the calories a bit. Can you tell we are not vegetarians? LoL...

Bland but fixable

November 16, 2015
I really like the idea here--all the fresh veggies are good for you and colorful. In the end, I used more broth and a lot more seasoning. It was really bland. Added garlic and onion powders, cayenne pepper, a little garlic salt, and some celery seed to give it the boost it needed. This would also be better with fresh herbs, not the dried oregano.

JNBank's Review

December 11, 2014
Delicious. Added and extra 1/2 cup broth and a tablespoon of tomato paste per other reviewers. Better the next day!

WendyJoy46's Review

November 10, 2013
Used 8 cups of broth (just 2 of those square larger sized broth containers) and 1/2 a can or so of tomato paste like others suggested. I was distracted when making this and actually added all the ingredients together (except the onion and garlic). Turned out fine I think. Used left over kale for kale chips (chop, put on parchment lined baking sheet, drizzle EVOO and sprinkle salt at preheated 350 oven for 12-15 min). Delightful little snack :)

shiggins12's Review

September 15, 2012

CherylT's Review

February 01, 2012
I've made this soup quite a few times and my family loves it. It's a great way to get them to eat butternut squash. I've recently found the squash in the frozen section and it is perfect for this recipe. I substitute fresh spinach for the kale since I find kale to be a bit bitter and I use small navy beans for the beans. Always tastes great!

jjteachinmom's Review

December 14, 2011
I really liked this soup - such yummy flavors! I made the recipe as stated - the only thing I tweaked were the spices. I omitted the salt - since I used canned veg broth - the sodium was already through the roof! I added Italian seasoning and a dash of red pepper. I agree with other reviews that it could use more broth. I added a little water - but could have used more broth. I also cooked it longer than the recipe stated. Really enjoyed. Liked the fresh grated Parmesan cheese on the top - served with fresh baked bread.

kberry72390's Review

November 28, 2011

sbc1023's Review

October 23, 2011
This was very good and quite filling. The recipe lends itself to adaptations and is very forgiving. There was a fair amount of chopping involved, but if you do some in advance, it goes together quickly. I did up the garlic to 4 cloves because I think one can never have too much garlic! I substituted spinach for the kale and Italian seasoning for the oregano. I used Israeli couscous instead of orzo because that's what I had. I also heeded the advice here and used 8 cups of broth, as well as added a half can of tomato paste and half cup of red wine with the beans. Keeps and reheats well. Haven't frozen it, but think it would be okay.

moorefam6's Review

October 13, 2011
We loved this recipe! I used 8-9 cups of vegetable broth and a small sweet potato instead of the baking potato. After adding the other 6 ingredients;I brought it to a boil and then simmered it for 8 min. I then added one small diced zucchini and yellow squash,one 6 oz. can of tomato paste,and one16 oz bag frozen diced butternut squash. Also, I added a 5 oz. container of organic baby kales,one cup of orzo,several dashes of ground red pepper,and a few sprigs of thyme and rosemary along with the beans. I let this simmer another 12 minutes. After we dished up the minestrone I added a dash of some lavender balsamic vinegar (although any balsamic would do). That was the finishing touch that it needed! We will be having this a lot this winter!!