Italian Soups


Minestrone soup is a perfect warmer for a brisk winter day.

This particular hearty minestrone is also a great choice for the ordinary and non-special days in life when you just want to relax and enjoy.


1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

125 g rindless bacon rashers, chopped

1 large brown onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 large carrot, peeled and diced

2 celery stalks, diced

1 medium potato, peeled and diced

400 g bottle Tomato Puree

1 litre beef stock

2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs

400 g can Red Kidney Beans (drained and rinsed)

1/2 cup small macaroni pasta

2 cups finely shredded cabbage

1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas

ground black pepper

1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley

shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, to serve 



  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan or stockpot over a medium heat. Add bacon and onion and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, carrot, celery and potato and cook, stirring for 2 minutes longer. Add Tomato Puree, stock, herbs and 2 cups water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add kidney beans, pasta, cabbage and peas. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add more water if the minestrone soup becomes too thick. Season with pepper and stir in parsley.
  3. Serve minestrone topped with Parmesan cheese.










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    laura rebecca sladek
    12/15/2020 at 1:34 am

    will try this

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