hearty minestrone soup

Hearty Minestrone

There’s nothing better when the cold weather is in than coming home to a bowl of hearty minestrone soup. Full of natural goodness and your 5 a day, its not only delicious and satisfying but provides plenty of nutrition.

  • Add about 4 chilli flakes for a little heat.
  • Delicious served with crusty bread with real Irish butter!
Serves: 6-8
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or casserole pot over a low-medium heat and gently fry the onion, celery, carrot, courgette and pancetta or lardons for 10 mins.
  2. Add the garlic and herbs, and cook for 1 min. Tip in the beans if using, chopped tomatoes, purée, stock and bay leaf. Season to taste. Bring to the simmer and cook for 30 mins.
  3. Add the pasta and greens, and cook for a further 10 mins. Ladle into bowls and scatter with the basil and some parmesan.


  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and cubed
  • 1 courgette, cubed
  • 70g diced smoked pancetta or smoked bacon lardons
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp mixed Italian herbs
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 x 400g can cannellini beans (optional)
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 100g greens – kale, chard or cavolo nero work well (optional)
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1.2 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 70g small pasta or broken spaghetti
  • handful of basil (optional)
  • finely grated parmesan, to serve

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