Top 5 Quick & Easy Winter Soups: No 1 Minestrone Soup Recipe

Minestrone soup is the perfectly balanced meal; full of flavour, healthy, nutritious and absolutely delicious.

Minestrone Soup Recipe Ingredients

  • 150g speck, chopped into lardons (you could use bacon if you don’t have any speck)
  • 1 large brown onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed
  • Olive oil
  • 1 stick celery, diced
  • 2 small potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 black zucchini, diced
  • 1 x 400g can tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g can beans (borlotti or cannelini etc), drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1/3 cup small pasta (twists, macaroni, risoni etc)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Handful fresh basil leaves, chopped

Minestrone Soup Recipe Method

Heat olive oil in a stockpot or large deep saucepan and saute onion, garlic and bacon until lightly golden. Add celery, potato, carrot, zucchini, tomatoes, beans and beef stock and stir thoroughly. Bring to the boil & simmer approximately 30 minutes until the vegetables are tender. If you have an old end piece of parmesan, you could add this while simmering to enhance the flavour. Add the pasta and cook for a further 5 minutes or so until the pasta is al dente. Sprinkle with Parmesan and basil and serve with crusty bread.

NB. Ensure that all the vegetables are chopped into (roughly) the same size dice as this will ensure even cooking.