Minestrone Soup

This hearty and delicious Italian ‘big soup’ is a traditional favourite.

Serves 1 | Prep time: 10 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins


  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp Massel salt-reduced stock powder
  • 1/4 brown onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced celery
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup green beans (frozen or fresh), sliced
  • 1/2 cup cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/4 cup wholemeal elbows or other pasta (use gluten-free pasta for GF option)
  • 1 cup cooked/canned kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • A couple of leaves of kale or silverbeet, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • Iodised salt, to taste (optional)


  1. Put the water in a saucepan and add the stock powder, onion, celery, herbs and carrots.
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes then add the green beans, cauliflower and pasta.
  3. Let simmer for about 10 minutes, adding more water if it becomes too thick. Then add the remaining ingredients.
  4. Simmer for a few more minutes, season to taste and serve.

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