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A comforting bowl of Marinara Soup comes together in about 20 minutes for a delicious, simple, and healthy vegetarian dinner!

Two white bowls filled with tomato marinara soup topped with basil
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If you love tomato soup recipes, be sure to try this creamy tomato soup with ground beef and noodles, a pot of roasted tomato soup, this Southern tomato bisque, and this 30-minute tomato basil soup, too!

With the arrival of fall, I get more and more excited to return to some of the cozy meals that I have avoided in the dreaded summer heat.

While cold salads and sandwiches tasted great last season, I’m now looking forward to warm bowls of soup and bubbling hot casseroles. Beware — you’ll see a lot of these things on the blog in the next few months!

A big pot of marinara soup with a ladle scooping some out

Just because it’s comfort food; however, does not mean it has to be unhealthy. I love that this marinara soup is quick and easy to prepare (even faster than ordering pizza!), but it also includes so many nutritious ingredients.

What’s In This Marinara Soup?

  • Veggies; carrots, onion and garlic
  • Marinara sauce
  • Chicken broth
  • Cannellini beans
  • Pasta
  • Basil
A white bowl filled with tomato marinara soup and pasta

The recipe comes from my dear friend Mary, who gave it to me a few years ago after a visit to our house.

While Mary was visiting us for the day, I served her a gourmet lunch (hah!) of grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato basil soup. She loved my tomato basil soup and asked for the recipe…and then she gave me this recipe for Marinara Soup in return. A pretty fair deal, I’d say.

An overhead shot of two bowls of Marinara soup with pasta and basil

I have since learned that the original Marinara Soup recipe came from celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis. No wonder it’s so good!

Mary got it from her friend, then Mary passed it on to me, and who knows where Mary’s friend first found it! Obviously the recipe is a keeper that gets shared among loved ones!

The Marinara Soup is the perfect twist on a classic Italian vegetable or Minestrone soup. The beans and pasta give it some staying power, while keeping it vegetarian (like Mary!).

A side shot of white bowl of Marinara soup in front of a window

The soup makes a nice good-for-you lunch, but I usually serve ours for dinner. In fact, I recently paired it with my Tuna Melt Sliders for a supper that all of my boys gobbled up (baby Spence included!), leaving their tummies very happy.

Give this one a try this season — I promise that you will not be disappointed!

A white bowl filled with marinara soup and topped with pasta wheels and basil

Marinara Soup

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings 8 cups
Calories 153 kcal
A comforting bowl of marinara soup comes together in only 20 minutes for a quick and easy vegetarian dinner.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 24 ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 4 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 15 ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup uncooked small pasta I used mini wagon wheels, but something like elbow macaroni would also work well
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes to taste (optional)


  • Warm the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, onion, and garlic and sauté until soft (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Add the jar of marinara sauce, chicken broth, beans, uncooked pasta, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Ladle into bowls and serve.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 21.5gProtein: 6gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 0.8gSodium: 736.8mgFiber: 4.1gSugar: 4.3g
Keyword: tomato pasta soup, tomato soup
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Author: The Seasoned Mom

Recipe adapted from Giada de Laurentiis.


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  1. YUM! This looks so good, and such a delicious way to celebrate the cooler weather. This would make a perfect quick school day lunch. I’ll be serving this one one as soon as the temperatures drop a bit. Thanks for sharing.
    Pinning and sharing on my Facebook page today.

  2. This soup sounds so good! nice touch adding the cannellini beans, and I love those bowls you served the soup in, trying this recipe out today for lunch!

  3. This looks like an absolutely delicious dish. I’m usually starting to eat more soups during the winter as they keep you warm… and this marinara soup looks like one that warms your soul too 🙂 I’ve already put it on my to do list.

  4. This looks great! Does it freeze well? I want to make it tonight but serve it in appetizer portions for a dinner party I’m having this Friday.

  5. Hi. I made this with what I had. Tomato basil pasta sauce, elbow, basil, olive oil, kosher salt, crushed red pepper flakes, black pepper, sauteed in evoo..yellow onions refrigerated minced garlic in o.o, green pepper, heavy whipping cream. Wish I had a?way to give you a taste!! Delicious! Served with Albacore tuna salad open faced raisin toast with mozzerela cheese baked on top. Thank you. I just wanted tomato soup for some reason to serve to my Dad with a sandwich. I got perfection! audrihowardchicagostylist on IG

    1. Hi, Audri! That’s awesome! I’m so glad that it worked out and that you and your dad enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your version — sounds delicious! 🙂

  6. Lol lol lmbo….U am the one who made open faced tuna sandwich with my meal I served this soup with my own touches…im laughing because you asking for a link to sliders and I’m just a regular person who posted what I made. You can see some of what I put together on my comment to this cook. Here’s to sharing n making great food

    1. I requesting link that want listed in blog. Sorry for confusion.

      The soup makes a nice good-for-you lunch, but I usually serve ours for dinner. In fact, I recently paired it with my Tuna Melt Sliders for a supper that all of my boys gobbled up (baby Spence included!), leaving their tummies very happy.

  7. This recipe is delicious. I used my homemade marinara sauce and some garlic flavored olive oil. Only pasta I had was Orecchiette so I cooked it first. Served it with fresh made baked chicken tenders. Yum!! Thanks.