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Meatless Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup Recipe

This is a very adaptable recipe; feel free to use your favourite stock, herbs and seasonable vegetables. You can also tweak the consistency of the soup to your liking. The soup is traditionally more chunky, but you may make a more brothy version (like I did) by using more stock.


  • 30 grams butter
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 1/2 onion thinly sliced
  • 750 ml vegetable stock
  • 5 French beans ends trimmed, sliced to 2 cm length
  • 6 cabbage leaves thinly sliced
  • 1/2 zucchini thinly sliced
  • 100 grams kidney beans drained from the can
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herbs may substitute with herbs like rosemary/thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 30 grams tomato paste to taste
  • 1/2 cup macaroni cooked in salted boiling water and drained
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes from the can (optional)
  • a few leaves fresh basil finely chopped
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Melt butter in pot, saute celery and onions until the latter is translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Lower heat and add French beans, cabbage, zucchini, kidney beans, Italian seasoning, bay leaf and tomato paste. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are softened.
  3. When the soup is cooked, stir in the cooked macaroni and diced tomatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. To serve, dish into serving bowls and top with freshly chopped basil.

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7 comments on “Meatless Minestrone Soup”

  1. Simply delicious and yummy. Love and tangy tomato taste and the beans.

  2. I think my mom would like to try this recipe wiffy. :) We’ll have to find a way to convert grams to our measurements, but we love homemade soup and I bet yours would be delicious as it sure looks like it! If you ever find or know of a good broccoli cheese soup too, she’s also looking for that recipe!

    • Would love to try broccoli cheese soup one day! There are tonnes of online converters, maybe next time I will provide measurement in ounces :)

  3. Love homemade minestrone soup! very appetizing due to the tangy flavor.

  4. the tanginess from the tomato simply just opens up my appetite to slurp on :)

  5. What a recipe! It seems delicious!

  6. Wiffy :
    1. Salted or unsalted butter?
    2. Big White or Red Onions?
    3. What kind of Vegetable Stock? Any recommendation?
    4. Any brand of Kidney Beans to suggest?

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