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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Minestrone soup

As I have said before, I am not big fan of soups, but I dont hate it. Minestrone soup recipe is always the one I wanted to try for long time, I have seen this in the menu of Pasta mania, but was not comfortable having it there as I was worried if its pure vegetarian or not. Otherwise, I love pasta, and sure it would be nice to have pasta in soups. We can add it to our usual tomato soup as well. It will be nice, but when I saw this authentic minestrone soup recipe in an Italian cook book, I really wanted to try that way. So tried it according to the ingredients availability and my taste. Minestrone soup is supposed to be made with lots of vegetables along with pasta or rice. And its supposed to be an one pot meal that fills your tummy.


Minestrone soup recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Continental  |  Recipe Category: Dinner
Prep Time: 10 mins    |  Cook time: 30 mins    Serves:


Carrot - 1

Potato - 1

Beans - 6

Celery - 2 stalks

Onion - 1

Tomato - 2

Garlic - 2

Vegetable stock - 3 cups

Salt - As needed

Water - As needed

Olive oil - 2 tblsp

Butter - 2 tblsp

Parmesan grated - 2 tblsp


  1. Finely chop garlic, onion and chop other veggies to small cubes. If you are using tinned bean, then drain and use in the recipe. If using dried bean, soak overnight, cook until soft. I pressure cooked for 3 whistles with a pinch of salt. In a large sauce pan (I used my cooker), heat butter and oil together.
  2. 1-minestrone
  3. Add garlic, onion frying each for a minute in medium flame. Add all the vegetables one by one and frying each for a minute, without changing the colour. Add celery and lastly the bean.
  4. 2-minestrone
  5. Add cooked bean and mix well. Add vegetable stock, bring to boil and simmer the flame to cook the vegetables.
  6. 3-minestrone
  7. Once the veggies are cooked (just right, do not over cook) add salt and pasta. Cook until pasta is done and top with water (add water) every now and then if needed or to get desired consistency of the soup. Season generously with pepper.
  8. 4-minestrone


    • I used black eyed beans, you can use white or red kidney beans, chickpeas, double beans  as per availability.
    • My carrot, potato, tomato were small in size, so use accordingly.
    • The consistency of the soup is purely your choice, so add water while making the soup accordingly.
    • Do not add pasta more than mentioned, otherwise soup may thicken too much.
    • Instead of pasta, you can use rice also. Also any shape of pasta can be used, I used alphabet pasta. So I have mentioned as 3 tblsp. If bigger shaped pasta, use more.
    • Don't forget Parmesan cheese. 

         Serve at room temperature with olive oil and Parmesan for seasoning. Can be served chilled as well. Wholesome!

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  1. Beautiful preperation.. love the tiny miny pastas.. kids wld sure love it ..

  2. Lovely clcks
    and i liked those letter pastas :)

  3. Lovely clicks :-) looks appetizing..
    And great idea to use alphabets pasta..wud b a sure winner among kids..

  4. wow fantastic and appetizing soup... n love the alphabets pasta in the soup..

  5. like the alphabets pasta ! looks inviting ! soup one pot meala? :( romba kastam !

  6. alphabet soup never seen before :) healthy veggies and cooked beans nutritious enough...

  7. nice clicks.. My life saver when I travel non Asian country.. Looks yum! it is full meal by itself

  8. wow nice clicks raks.. I was looking for this recipe for a long time.. thanks for sharing..

  9. Healthy soup....never tasted before..will try it for sure...

  10. love Minestrone soup from Olive Garden, so flavorful n filling soup, like the addition of alphabets pasta :) lovely clicks as always!

  11. Definitely my kind of soup, filling and extremely delicious..

  12. Tempting and flavorful,clicks are beautiful.

  13. Seeing alphabet pasta for the first time..they are so cute...the soup looks filling and wholesome..perfect a rainy day.

  14. My God. This seems a lot of effort but is not! I would have managed a meal out of this. Lovely clicks.

  15. I am so ignorant abt soup that I haven't heard abt this soup looks really good. I am sure it is one pot meal looks def heavy but worth it.Very nice raks ur always good at cooking.

  16. Super filling and yummy soup. Loved the presentation

  17. Yummy one.. Something new to me :) Lovely pics :)

  18. Super comforting soup...looks very nice!

  19. I wanted to make this from so long, your recipe will come handy. Where can I get abc pasta in singapore?

  20. Looks so warming! Perfect for the upcoming winter! :)

  21. Yummy........ fantastic recipe. I always wanted to try this soup but cldnt get a good and easy recipe. Finally u made my day and the soup i tried turned out to be very yummmyy


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