Saturday, 27 October 2012

Minestrone Soup

Brggh its freezing the heating has gone on tonight big time even OH mentioned how cold he was so cold weather calls for good home cooking that warms you up as well as being tasty and simple to prepare.  Soup is a meal in itself and a good thing to have on the menu if you haven't got much money for housekeeping.   I buy cannelini beans from Lidl or the Co-Op.  Remember if you haven't got the exact ingredient change it for something similar. This is another one of my recipe cuttings.


200g dried cannellini beans
250g smoked pancetta or bacon cut into cubes
2 garlic cloves crushed
2 large stalks of parsley lightly crushed
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 large onion chopped
2 large potatoes cubed and rinsed
2 celery stalks sliced
3 tomatoes halved deseeded and chopped
200g Italian Risotto rice
1 small round cabbage quartered cored and sliced
250g shelled peas, fresh or frozen
3 small courgettes halved lengthwise halved again into quarters then thickly sliced
Sea salt
Ground black pepper


  1. Soak the beans overnight in at least 1 1/4 litres of cold water to cover.
  2. Drain the beans put into a saucepan and cover with fresh cold water and bring to the boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer until the beans are tender.  Do not add the salt at this stage.  Drain the beans and pop them to one side.
  3. Put the bacon or pancetta, garlic and parsley in a stockpot heat gently and fry until the fat runs.  Then add the olive oil heat briefly then add the onion and cook until softened but not brown.
  4. Add the potatoes the carrots the celery tomatoes salt and the pepper.  Add 3 litres of water and heat until simmering.  Cook over a low heat for approximately 20 minutes or so.  Add the rice and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
  5. Add the cabbage and reserved beans bring to the boil and cook for about 5 minutes then add the peas and the courgettes and cook for another couple of minutes until the veg is tender.
  6. Remove the parsley stalks and add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve sprinkled with torn basil leaves crusty fresh bread and either some Parmesan or some nice strong cheddar.



  1. Oh goodness, my mouth is watering!
    Rose H

  2. Sounds good, Tricia :) Have a large stockpot of split pea and ham bubbling away on the hob here just now. Smells divine!

  3. Oh yum ...I LOVE soups that are a meal in them selves ...maybe with a buttered slice of bread. thanks for sharing it.


Thank you for popping by. I love to receive comments and to make new friends so please say Hi. Pattypan

Meet the Moggies

  • Merlin (approx 18 months)
  • Squeak (approx 2 years)
  • Poppy (approx 16 years)
  • Tyson (approx 17 years)
  • Tinky (official name Clover approx 18 years)