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Vegetarian Minestrone

Published Monday, 24 April, 2017 by Jan

Hearty veg minestrone, with lentils for essential iron.


  • can of crushed tomatoes
  • around 3 cups of veggie stock
  • a whole lot of vegetables:
  • broccoli
  • carrot
  • celery
  • onion
  • garlic
  • zucchini
  • green beans
  • (add more if you like or substitute your favourites)
  • olive oil
  • italian dried herb mix (but if you have fresh oregano etc that would be delicious)
  • parsley for topping
  • nice crusty bread with butter
  • and either the classic white beans or lentils like i use because vegetarians need more iron
  • and around 1/4 cup of pasta (something small like macaroni) if you like


This is actually a really simple recipe despite the long list of ingredients.

Chop up all your veggies to relatively similar sizes.

Start by frying off the onions in a little oil on a medium heat until they're just brown. Then add the veggie stock (either premade stock or 3 cups of water with stock cubes, read the stock cube label for the appropriate water to cube ratio) and the can of crushed tomatoes.

As soon as it starts to simmer add the lentils and cook for around 10 minutes on a medium heat. (You may need to add more water as you go along.) Then add all your veggies and cook for about 20-25 minutes, tasting as you go and checking if all the veggies and lentils are cooked through by tasting. Season as you like, adding salt and pepper as necessary, and be sure to add your italian herbs.

Add the pasta and cook for around another 6 minutes. Serve with a piece of toasted bread from the oven. This is seriously good and you can save it for leftovers if you don't have enough people to eat it. A hearty and warm way to get your veggies, especially in winter.

Serve with red wine and tears.

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