Minestrone has its origins in Italy, is a thick vegetable soup with the addition of pasta. I love to make this soup in winter as it is nourishing and represents comfort food in our house.
The beans give it a good boost of protein so if you exclude the bacon it is a perfect vegetarian meal. Tomatoes help the with the absorption of iron from the vegetables and there’s plenty of vegetables to give your immune system a good boost. There’s also a healthy dose of carbohydrates and fibre, good for us and good for the beneficial bacterial that live in our gut.
The ingredients below are a guide, use whatever you have in your fridge or pantry. If you don’t have canned beans use frozen beans or a mixture of fresh, canned and/or frozen. We always have risoni (also known as orzo) pasta in the cupboard however, you can use spaghetti, macaroni, lasagne, spirals etc. Break larger pasta into small pieces by wrapping in a tea-towel and bang it against the bench – a great stress release too