A Winter Minestrone

It is almost certain that at some point in the next month I will eat Quality Street for breakfast.  A combination of treats in the house that wouldn’t normally be there and the inevitable merging of breakfast into lunch into dinner that tends to happen at this time of the year.  So yesterday I made a winter minestrone packed full of vegetables in a pre splurge nod to healthiness.  Alas none of those included here came from our plot but we did grow the cannellini beans.  Dried beans do require some forethought but I urge you to use them, having a firmer texture and better flavour than canned, they are worth a bit of extra effort.



200gms dried cannellini beans, borlotti beans or chickpeas could also be used.
1 litre vegetable stock, ham or chicken also work well.
30 ml olive oil
3 large shallots sliced
1 leek sliced
2 carrots peeled and sliced
3 ribs of celery sliced
150 gms kale shredded
100 ml tomato pasata
salt and pepper


The day before making  soak the beans in water.

On the day, put the beans in a pan of cold water bring to the boil and cook until just soft.  Mine took an hour and a quarter but they were enormous .

In a separate pan sweat the shallots and leeks in the olive oil until soft and transparent.

Add the carrots and celery and cook gently for another five minutes.

Add the stock, tomato passata and beans.  Continue cooking until the the carrots and celery are to your liking.

Add the kale, it will only take a couple of minutes for this to cook

Season to taste.

This amount will serve four generously as a main course.  It’s great with olive oil drizzled on top and some freshly grated parmesan cheese.

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5 Responses to “A Winter Minestrone”

  1. Sue@GLAllotments December 2, 2013 @ 12:04 pm (#)

    That’s a minestrone and a half you have there.

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — December 2nd, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

      Thank you Sue. Looking forward to the rest of it this evening. Trust you had a good weekend.

  2. Anna December 2, 2013 @ 10:59 pm (#)

    Thanks for your recent comment on my blog. I’m glad to have found you and will pop back. Mmmmmmm – your soup sounds and looks good and is just what we will all be needing later this week if the weather does as forecast. Being half Italian (on my mother’s side) my version of minestrone differs slightly – it just has to include pancetta 🙂

    • Southbourne Gardens replied: — December 3rd, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

      It’s a pleasure Anna. Love reading about other peoples gardening exploits, found yours via bloglovin. Glad you liked the soup, Derek will laugh when he sees your comment, he thinks that just about anything is improved by adding some pancetta.

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