recipe for minestrone

This is a great healthy and budget-friendly homemade recipe for minestrone, its fantastic for using up veggies in your fridge, so although I’m giving you my recipe you can inter-change ingredients for whatever you have available.

You can also swap out the pasta for any type of beans which are super healthy and full of fibre or even tinned corn all are budget-friendly-serves 2


1 Onion – roughly chopped

2 Cloves Garlic – finely chopped

1 Medium carrot – roughly chopped

1 Medium Courgette – roughly chopped

1/2 Red Pepper – roughly chopped

6 Brussell sprouts or any kind of cabbage – finely chopped

2 Tomatoes – roughly chopped

1 Handful of cauliflower – chopped

1 small can chopped tomatoes

Beef stock cube

750ml Water

1 Tablespoon olive/rapeseed oil

1 teaspoon dried mixed Italian herbs

400g dried pasta or can of beans


Heat oil in a large pan, add onion, garlic, carrot, courgette, pepper, sprouts, cauliflower and tomatoes and saute over a medium heat until soft, around 10 minutes

Add chopped tomatoes, herbs, stock cube and water, mix well and lower the heat. Add a lid to the pan and simmer for one hour

Adjust seasoning, top-up fluid ( a splash of wine counts ) and add the pasta (or beans) simmer until cooked

Serve with crusty bread and top with some Parmesan…..done

* It’s easy to double up on quantities for this recipe for minestrone soup for more servings

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