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Minestrone is a traditional Italian soup. It is made with a mix of vegetables and a poultry stock. It is quite simple to make, but preparing all the vegetables takes time.
There are doubtless as many minestrone recipes as there are Italian cooks, but here is my version.


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Last modified on: May 29th 2011

For 6 people, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
2 hours 19 min.1 hour 11 min.3 hours 30 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge
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Step by step recipe

1 Minestrone : Photo of step #1The day before, put 200 g white haricot beans to soak overnight if you are using dried beans. For fresh ones this isn't necessary.
2 Minestrone : Photo of step #2Shell 200 g peas, or use frozen ones. 10 min.
3 Minestrone : Photo of step #3Peel, wash and chop 4 spring onions (scallions). 10 min.
4 Minestrone : Photo of step #4Peel 2 tomatoes and cut into quarters. 20 min.
5 Minestrone : Photo of step #5Wash 200 g green beans, cut off the ends and cut into pieces. 10 min.
6 Minestrone : Photo of step #6Prepare 2 courgettes in small pieces. 29 min.
7 Minestrone : Photo of step #7Peel and wash 2 carrots, 2 turnips and 2 potatoes, cut into small pieces. 40 min.
8 Minestrone : Photo of step #8Peel and boil 200 g green asparagus in salted water until just tender, but still with some crunch. 20 min.
9 Minestrone : Photo of step #9Throw away the water that the beans have soaked in and replace with salted water, Boil until they are cooked but still slightly firm.

20 min.
10 Minestrone : Photo of step #10Pour 6 tablespoons olive oil into a large pan over medium heat. When hot, add the chopped onions, salt, pepper and cook while stirring for 1 minute.

Add the turnips, carrots and potatoes. Stir to mix well.
1 min.
11 Minestrone : Photo of step #11Add the courgettes, haricot beans, green beans and asparagus. Stir to mix well and cook together for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.

This preliminary cooking of the vegetables in oil is important to add flavour to the minestrone.
5 min.
12 Minestrone : Photo of step #12Moisten with 2 litres water and add 2 chicken stock cubes.

Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and leave to simmer gently until all the vegetables are well cooked.
35 min.
13 Minestrone : Photo of step #13Then add the tomatoes, check seasoning and leave to cook for a further 10 minutes. 10 min.
14 Minestrone : Photo of step #14Serve hot on its own, or accompanied by slices of toasted bread spread with pesto, or a little grated Parmesan.


Ideally a minestrone should include at least 5 vegetables, but they can be any you choose, so you can vary this recipe in both ingredients and proportions.
You can also add a cupful of rice along with the vegetables. There are those who consider that this should replace the haricot beans, but I think it's good with both.

Minestrone is even better reheated the following day.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
216954 gr248 gr107 gr
108 %21 %23 %16 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
441 gr5 gr2 gr
2 %<1 %<1 %<1 %
Per person
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
3619 gr41 gr17 gr
18 %3 %4 %3 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 6 people : 10.77 €
Per person : 1.80 €

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