Minestrone Chili

Today I had minestrone soup for the first time in a while and as soon as I finished my small cup I instantly wanted more so I went to the store to get some ingredients to make my own. I decided that instead of using shell pasta I was going to use orzo pasta. Orzo is a very small grained pasta almost fully resembling grains of rice. Originally I was making a soup, but the last thing I did while making it was add the orzo and it may or may not have come out of the box extremely fast….and thats how I got minestrone chili!

The first thing I did was take my pot and heat up some oil at the bottom. I then added my salt, pepper, garlic, dried oregano and basil, chopped onion and sliced zucchini for about 3-4 minutes by themselves just to cook them down a bit. I then added my beans, peas and diced tomatoes. Lastly I added the vegetable broth to de-glaze the pan. Then I added the orzo to the soup and let it cook in the broth for around 8 minutes.

Even though adding that much orzo was a mistake it came out amazing and turned out to be a more hearty meal rather then a light soup.


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium chopped white onion
  • 1 zucchini
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of both dried oregano and basil
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 1 can of white beans
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can of small sweet peas
  • 4 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of orzo pasta (can add more or less depending on if you want soup or chili)
  • Parmesan cheese on top

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