Classic Recipes – Minestrone;

please note this minestrone recipe does not require any frying, this is the way my grandmother used to cook minestrone, apparently it was my grandfathers preference given his delicate stomach;

Fresh Ingredients;

1 large Onion,

2 medium carrots

2 large celery sticks

1 large garlic clove

2 large potatoes

1/4 small pumpkin


1 medium zucchini,

1/4 cabbage,

1 small bunch silver beet or kale or spinach

1 cup of peas,

500g green beans

6 fresh basil leaves or a teaspoon of basil pesto

(let me explain the point of listing optional ingredients to the recipe; my philosophy is ” making delicious family meals with simple, fresh seasonal produce and readily available ingredients”  if you don’t happen to have all the of the ingredients then this shouldn’t stop you from making a basic minestrone. You can add just one of the optional ingredients or all of them, you might need a bigger pot to accommodate them all, the more ingredients the richer the flavour, just be advised that adding cabbage intensifies the flavour significantly👍🏼 )

1 can of diced Italian tomatoes or purée

1 can of borlotti beans or dry beans soaked overnight ,

1 cup of short pasta or or 1/2 cup of arborio rice

2 litres of cold Chicken or Vegetable stock (if you don’t have freshly made use stock cubes)

cold water

a pinch salt & pepper

2 bay leaves

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


tip; you can add the vegetables to the stock pot progressively once they have been chopped

chop the vegetables (approx 1 cm dice )






add chopped vegetables to a 5 litre stock pot

chop all other optional vegetables and add to the stock pot

add the drained beans

add crushed garlic

basil leaves or pesto

tomato purée 

Olive oil

salt & pepper

add 2 litres of stock or if you dont have stock add 2 litres of cold water & 2 stock cubes

add enough water to just cover the vegetables

add the pot to the stove over high heat bring to boil

lower to a medium simmer

put the lid back on the pot keeping it slightly open using a wooden spoon

Cook for at least 30 – 40 min

taste and add seasoning salt/pepper if needed

add pasta or rice

cook for at long enough to ensure the pasta or rice is cooked


ladle into bowls

add grated Parmesan
serve with crusty bread

Buon appetito;


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