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Winter recipes: hearty minestrone soup

Looking for a winter recipe to warm your bones? Look no further than this easy and delicious hearty minestrone.

Minestrone soup is a complete meal in a bowl. Tasty and warming, and packed with vegetables, it is a perfect for winter soup.
Serves 4- 15 mins prep- 50 mins cook


  • 2 tbspolive oil
  • 2 beef sausages
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 Lvegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 400g cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cupswater
  • 420 gcan cannellini beans, rinsed, drained
  • 2 cupsfinely shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cupsmall shell pasta (or other small soup pasta)
  • 2 tbspchopped parsley
  • crusty bread, to serve


  • Heat half oil in a large saucepan on high. Brown sausages for 2-3 minutes, turning. Cool, slice, set aside.
  • Heat remaining oil in same pan on high. Saute onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes or until onion is tender. Add celery, carrot and zucchini. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until tender.
  • Return sausages to pan with stock, tomatoes and water. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in beans, cabbage and pasta. Simmer for a further 8-10 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir through parsley. Serve with crusty bread.


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