Sunday, 25 October 2015

Quick Easy Minestrone Soup

Quick Minestrone Soup

Preparation Time - 20 mins
Cooking Time - A further 20 mins
Serves - 6 - 8 bowls


Tin of Tomatoes
2 Onion
2 cloves of Garlic
2 Carrots
2 Peppers
1/4 of a white cabbage
Pinch Chilli flakes
2 Pints Stock
Dash of oil


  1. Chop up onion, garlic, carrots, peppers and white cabbage
  2. Heat a little in a large pot, add the onion and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes, add the carrot, peppers and white cabbage and cook for another couple of minutes
  3. Add the tomatoes and a pinch of chilli flakes to add some heat, stir through and add stock
  4. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 15 - 20 minutes or until vegetables are soft or to taste of you prefer yours al dente
  5. If you wish you can add some pasta at this point, really small pieces work best or bits of spaghetti broken up
  6. Season to taste
Finished Result

This recipe is versatile and can be adjusted to your family tastes - 

You can puree this soup and add croutons for kids who don't like lumps or cut your veg up nice and big for those who enjoy a thick chunky soup.

This soup is also good to make to use up vegetables left over, you can add anything really.

I enjoy it best served with a sprinkle of parmesan and garlic bread.

If you fancy a minestrone with a bit of a difference, click on the link  jamieoliver-minestrone to see another recipe for minestrone soup, this one is a meal in itself with bacon and beans.  It has a lot more ingredients and takes longer to cook but worth a try.