minestrone soup


Who doesn’t love a good Minestrone. It is simple to prepare, satisfying and healthy. For the best flavour, use your own home-made stock or stock paste for more depth of flavour. Alternatively, add a few more herbs such as marjoram, oregano and thyme.

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By July 17, 2014

Minestrone is a delicious hearty meal with everything you need in one bowl. This recipe is packed with flavour - especially if you make your own vegetable stock with plenty of fresh herbs in it.



  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or soup pot.
  2. Add the onions and stir-fry until tender.
  3. Add the carrots and celery and stir-fry for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic, paprika and tomato paste and mix well for about a minute.
  5. Add the stock, pumpkin, beans and tomatoes. Simmer covered over medium heat until the vegetables are soft.
  6. Add the pasta and stir to ensure the pieces don't stick to one another. Simmer for approx 10 minutes or until the pieces are nearly cooked. The time will depend on your choice of pasta.
  7. Add the broccoli or peas and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and stir in the basil. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper.

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