Minestrone soup

Sat, Sep 28, 2019, 06:00

  • Makes: 1
  • Cooking Time: 80 mins
  • Course: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery sticks, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 courgette, diced
  • 2 waxy potatoes, diced
  • 200g cavolo nero or kale, finely sliced
  • 200g frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp sundried tomato purée (optional)
  • 1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g tin cannellini beans
  • 2 litres of vegetable or chicken stock (or a mix of both)
  • 100g small dried pasta
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated Parmesan to serve


1. Place a large, heavy-based saucepan over a high heat and add the oil. Next add the onion, carrots, and celery, turn the heat down and sauté gently for five to 10 minutes before adding the garlic and fry for another one or two minutes. Stir through the tomato purée and sundried tomato purée (if using) and cook for another two minutes to remove the raw taste of the purée.

2. Add the chopped tomatoes, beans, potatoes, and courgette and stir through. Pour in the stock and bring to a boil before turning the heat down to a simmer. Cover the pot with the lid and simmer gently for 50 minutes to one hour or until the vegetables are cooked through.

3. Add the kale, frozen peas, and pasta to the pot, stir through and cook gently for another 10 minutes until the pasta, peas and the kale are tender and cooked. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with lashings of freshly grated Parmesan and crusty bread.