Low Calorie Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Weight Loss Soup

This Low Calorie Minestrone Soup is just 150 calories and packed with weight loss ingredients. Perfect for boosting weight loss and filling up, this hearty soup makes a great dinner (have 2-3 servings) or as a snack to warm up on a cold afternoon.

Minestrone Weight Loss Soup

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Low Calorie Minestrone Weight Loss Soup

Healthy Weight Loss Soup Recipe Variations

Low Carb Minestrone

To lower the carbs in Minestrone, remove the grains. You can choose to swap them for quinoa, or another can of beans. You can also add in protein to balance out the nutrition more.

Gluten Free Minestrone

To make Minestrone gluten-free swap out the barley for quinoa, rice, or protein pasta (I like Banza Chickpea “Gemelli” pasta in this recipe.)

Low Sugar Minestrone

The Minestrone is already pretty low in sugar, but you can lower it more by cutting the tomato paste in half. I recommend replacing it with 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice to balance out the flavor. You can also remove the barley to bring it down the sugar a little more.

Vegan Minestrone

This Minestrone is already vegan. You’ll want to be sure to get vegetable broth, and use olive oil and not butter in making the recipe.

Low Sodium Minestrone

To lower the sodium in this Minestrone, replace the salt with the zest of 1/2 lemon. Also be sure to get low sodium broth.

High Protein Minestrone

To boost the protein in this Minestrone you can add in a second can of beans, or add 1-2 scoops unflavored collagen or protein powder to a bowl, pour in 1/2 cup hot broth and mix. Add to pot, mix well and serve.
You can also add 1-2 chicken breasts or 2-4 Italian turkey sausages. Cook in the pan with the vegetables, turning to brown and then let the meat cook in the broth. Remove, chop or shred, and add back to the soup and mix together.

Low Fat Minestrone

To lower the fat in this Minestrone, sweat the onions, celery and carrots without the oil. Do this by adding 2 tablespoons water to the pot with the veggies. Sprinkle with salt (or not if you need low sodium) and cover. Cook on medium-low to low, adding more water 1 tablespoon at a time as needed if the vegetable start to stick. Cook until the vegetables start to soften, then continue the directions below.

Minestrone Weight Loss Soup

Healthy Weight Loss Soup Meal Prep & Storage

Meal Prep – Cook the soup and then allow to cool completely. Scoop single servings into individual containers, or family sized servings into gallon freezer bags (or jars/containers with lids). 
Frozen Soup – Be sure any container is only filled 2/3 full as the soup will expand in the freezer. Store for up to a month in the freezer. If freezing gallon bags, lay flat to freeze to save storage room. 
Refrigerated Soup – Will hold in the refrigerator for 4 days.
Reheating – Add to a medium or large sauce pot, heat frozen for 30 minutes on low, or defrosted soup for 5-10 minutes over medium-low heat. If the barley has swelled and soaked up some of the liquid, add 1/4 cup water per serving.

Minestrone Weight Loss Soup

Healthy Minestrone Weight Loss Soup Recipe

Minestrone Weight Loss Soup

Weight Loss Soup Recipe (Minestrone Flavored!)

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This amazing weight loss soup is just 150 calories per cup, and it tastes just like minestrone soup!
I included barley to the soup to give you some healthy carbs to keep you full longer, but you can swap it out for rice, pasta, or skip it all together.
Special Tip: One serving is a great snack, double it for a meal sized serving (will be just 300 calories for 2 big cups).
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 150 kcal


  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 celery stalks sliced
  • 2 carrots peeled quartered and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 14- ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 15- ounce can small white beans drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup cooked barley (1/3 cup dry + 1 cup water)
  • 4 cups chopped kale
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley


  • Heat a large pot over medium high heat, and spray with olive oil.
  • Add the onion, celery, and carrots to the pot.
  • Cook for 5 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper, and Italian seasoning over the vegetables.
  • Add the canned tomatoes, vegetable broth, and tomato paste to the pot.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, and then add in the lower to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Add the beans, peas, and barley to the pot. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Taste and add more salt and pepper as needed.
  • Add in the kale and remove from heat. Let the kale wilt in the hot soup for 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with parsley, and serve hot.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 24.5gProtein: 8.3gFat: 2.1gSaturated Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 821mgPotassium: 677mgFiber: 5gSugar: 4.6gCalcium: 102mgIron: 2mg
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