Step by step recipe:

  1. Minestrone : Photo of step #1
    The 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. 10 min.Minestrone : Photo of step #2
    Shell 200 g peas, or use frozen ones.
  3. 10 min.Minestrone : Photo of step #3
    Peel, wash and chop 4 spring onions (scallions).
  4. 20 min.Minestrone : Photo of step #4
    Peel 2 tomatoes and cut into quarters.
  5. 10 min.Minestrone : Photo of step #5
    Wash 200 g green beans, cut off the ends and cut into pieces.
  6. 29 min.Minestrone : Photo of step #6
    Prepare 2 courgettes in small pieces.
  7. 40 min.Minestrone : Photo of step #7
    Peel and wash 2 carrots, 2 turnips and 2 potatoes, cut into small pieces.
  8. 20 min.Minestrone : Photo of step #8
    Peel and boil 200 g green asparagus in salted water until just tender, but still with some crunch.
  9. 20 min.Minestrone : Photo of step #9
    Throw away the water that the beans have soaked in and replace with salted water, Boil until they are cooked but still slightly firm.

  10. 1 min.Minestrone : Photo of step #10
    Pour 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.
  11. 5 min.Minestrone : Photo of step #11
    Add 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.
  12. 35 min.Minestrone : Photo of step #12
    Moisten 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.
  13. 10 min.Minestrone : Photo of step #13
    Then add the tomatoes, check seasoning and leave to cook for a further 10 minutes.
  14. Minestrone : Photo of step #14
    Serve 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.


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