Minestrone – a one pot meal


Do your kids eat soup?  Mine flat out won’t except for minestrone which they shovel in, must be the pasta ( I use Gluten Free).  Minestrone is hearty, healthy, full of flavour and it’s very easy to make.  The recipe below serves 4 – 6 and can be made in half an hour

If you have a Thermomix I usually follow the Everyday Cookbook recipe.

Minestrone – a one pot meal


  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 400 g tinned diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp vegetable stock concentrate & 650 ml water or 650 ml vegetable stock
  • rind of some parmesan if you have one
  • 50 g tomato paste
  • 400 g mixed vegies, diced (try 1 zucchini, 1 carrot, 2 mushrooms)
  • 400 g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 C frozen peas
  • 100 g small pasta (shells, macaroni)
  • handful of basil & parsley, leaves only chopped
  • grated parmesan


  1. Heat oil in a stock pot, put in onions and saute for 2 - 3 minutes, add the garlic and continue sauting for another minute.
  2. Put tomatoes, stock, water, tomato paste, chopped vegies (not the peas), and parmesan rind into the pot bring to the boil and then and simmer away for 15 minutes.
  3. Add beans, pasta & peas and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Take off the heat
  5. Serve in bowls with basil, parsley & parmesan on top
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2 comments on “Minestrone – a one pot meal

  1. Kim @Landofzonkt
    May 13, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Oh I have to agree.
    I LOVE minestrone. It’s such a hearty soup. My girlfriend used to make one from scratch using dried bolotti beans, chunky pancetta. It was bloody gorgeous, she’d make it on the weekend (massive pot) and have it for the week.
    This one looks just as yummy and with out the hours of soaking beans lol!
    My kids refuse to have soup to, but I’ve never tried them on minestrone, it would be a great intro for them… Minus there dislike for beans. Can’t win. Lol

    • Vicki
      May 13, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      Ha I wish the girls liked other soups would make life much simpler! I hope yours give this one a go!

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