Classic Homemade Minestrone Soup Recipe

Classic Minestrone Soup Recipe by @coxys_kitchen

This classic Minestrone Soup definitely passes as a proper meal rather than something you might consider a light lunch or starter. With so many variations of this great Italian dish, it’s really about using what’s in your cupboard and fridge. This minestrone soup recipe is jam packed full of goodness – if there was ever a dish to fill up on your 5 A Day with, then classic minestrone soup might just be the one!

Recipe serves 4

Prep time: 20-30 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 2 rashers of bacon, cut into small pieces (if vegetarian, use a ½ tsp of smoked paprika instead)
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
  • 400g chopped tinned tomatoes
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 1 stick of celery, roughly chopped
  • 400g tinned borlotti beans, drained
  • 80g frozen peas
  • 100g dried macaroni pasta
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large handful of fresh spinach
  • Parmesan, or veggie alternative


  1. Heat the olive oil on a medium heat in a large saucepan, add the onion, garlic and chopped bacon and cook for around 3 minutes until softened. Keep stirring to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. If not using bacon, add the paprika and cook with the onion and garlic
  2. Stir in the peppers, carrot and tinned tomatoes and cook for a further 3 minutes, then add the stock, the drained borlotti beans, peas and celery and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 35 minutes
  3. After the soup has simmered, check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. Add the macaroni to the soup and cook according to packet instructions, usually between 10-12 minutes
  4. Just before serving, add the fresh spinach and stir into the soup
  5. To serve, ladle into warmed bowls and finish with finely grated Parmesan, or a veggie alternative

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