Minestrone Soup


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 large celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1.2 litres/2 pints vegetable or chicken stock, made from a cube
  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 100g pasta,e.g. 3½ lengths dried spaghetti, broken into short lengths
  • Handful of cabbage leaves, shredded
  • salt and pepper

Serves 4


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large lidded saucepan over a medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrots and celery, season with a little salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables have softened.
  4. Add the garlic and fry for another minute.
  5. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for a further three minutes.
  6. Tip in the tomatoes and stock.
  7. Cover with a lid and bring slowly to the boil.
  8. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
  9. Add the beans and pasta and cook for a further 10 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked.
  10. Add the cabbage and cook for another 2 minutes.
  11. If the soup is too thick, add some hot water to reach your preferred consistency.
  12. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.

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