Chunky Minestrone Soup

Summer is wonderful, but there’s something I love about the chillier seasons. Cosy nights in, big furry coats, roaring fires and let’s face it… who doesn’t like Christmas? Autumn and winter have a lot of pros, but that craving for a big warm plate of comfort food? Well, that is one thing my waistline could live without! So whilst nobody fancies a salad on a frosty day, there’s no reason you can’t still be healthy and satisfied. So I wanted to share with you one of my favourite, hearty winter recipes… chunky minestrone soup.

Soup

You’ll need:

  • 1 onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced
  • 100g green beans, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tins cannellini beans, drained
  • 4 tsp pesto
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (optional)
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 200g pasta (the smaller the better works here)
  • Sea salt and ground pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan

Here’s what to do:

  1. Add olive oil to a large, deep saucepan on a low heat, and add the onion, carrots and garlic. Shallow fry for 2-3 minutes, or until softened.
  2. Stir in the potatoes and fry for another few minutes.
  3. Next add the pesto, chilli powder (if you fancy a bit of a kick) and vegetable stock, bring to the boil and allow to simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes, green beans and cannellini beans, give everything a good stir and allow to simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Chuck in your add pasta. Stir and continue to simmer until the pasta is cooked through – the smaller the pasta, the less time you’ll need. I’ve used cavatappi, but spaghetti works perfectly too.
  6. Lastly, have a taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve drizzled with olive oil and freshly grated Parmesan on top.

Bon appetite!

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  • The Sunday Mode

    Mmm this his looks so delicious and comforting. One thing I’ll definitely miss about winter is the hearty soups! Can’t go wrong with a nice minestrone or pumpkin soup in my opinion.

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  • Nicole

    I pretty much live off soup from October to April so I’m always on the lookout for new recipes to try and this one just sounds delicious! I’ve never made my own minestrone before, I always play it safe with my tried and tested lentil recipe, but I think I’ll need to venture out and maybe give this a go! :) It just looks so yummy!
    Nicole xxx
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