Minestrone soup

This soup is very quick and easy to prepare and you can add all sorts of extra with it

Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 25 minutes | Serves 4 | Suitable from 10 months


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 rashers high welfare streaky bacon chopped(optional)
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 courgette, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon fresh or dried oregano
  • 400 g can chopped tomatoes
  • 400 g can cannelloni beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 litre chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 250 g frozen mixed vegetables
  • 75 g wholemeal pasta
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Parmesan cheese to serve


  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan and add the onion, sauté for 5 minutes until softened.
  • Add the garlic and bacon and fry for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Stir in the chopped carrot and courgette and fry for a few minutes before adding in the tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil
  • Once boiling add the beans and frozen vegetables and bring back to the boil
  • If using spaghetti, break into short pieces, otherwise stir the pasta into the pan
  • Simmer for 15 minutes. Spoon into warm serving bowls and sprinkle with parmesan cheese before serving