MBP – Minestrone Soup

I had come across Sia’s Minestrone Soup and had immediately bookmarked it, with the hope of trying it when it was my turn to ‘spring clean’ the refrigerator. Well, that time never came and I had forgotten the soup.

With this month’s Monthly Blog Patrol(MBP) theme being “Soups/Salads, the first soup that came to mind almost instantly was this very Minestrone Soup. I always have this soup when we eat at Olive Garden, and it felt like a trip to OG while digging into this bowl of soup!

The original recipe may be found here. The following is with the modifications I made to the recipe.

You will need:

1 small Onion, finely chopped
1-2 pods of Garlic, finely chopped
2-3 large Tomatoes, cubed
1 Green Pepper, cubed
1 Red Pepper, cubed
1 cup Shells pasta (small shells)
1 can cooked Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed.
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
1 tsp Red Chilli Flakes
1 tsp Dried Basil
1 tsp Dried Oregano
5-6 cups Vegetable Stock
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat the olive oil in a pan and add chopped garlic and onions. Saute for 1-2 minutes over medium heat. Now add dried herbs and crushed chilli flakes. Mix in chopped tomatoes and sauté till it becomes pulpy, approx 1-2 mins. Add vegetable stock or water, , red kidney beans, peppers and pasta.Continue to cook on medium heat till pasta is cooked well for about 5-10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmering boil.

Serve hot with toasted bread slices and enjoy this nutritious bowl of soup.
I added a little bit of Parmesan on top, just the way I like it!

This steaming bowl of soup is off to dear Raaga of the Singing Chef, who is hosting this edition of the MBP. This event was originally started by Coffee of The Spice Cafe.


  1. Very nice pics.
    Soup looks delicious. I enjoy Minestrone but never made it at home. Should be perfect for days when I am bored to cook (which happens very often).

  2. Great clean up the fridge dish, all in one meal too. Good choice.Yeah, can't have Italian soup without Parmesan cheese and my kids would add some garlic croûtons too!:)

  3. Great soup, hope u enjoyed the soup!

  4. That looks soooooo good! I have bookmarked this to try VERY soon!

  5. WOW!... that was a great soup. Looks so good. I have also posted minestrone soup some time back. Nice to see urs. Love it.

  6. Minestrone is so healthy, filling and satisfying.... looks good.

  7. wow,..so colourful,..looks delicious and healthy too,..

  8. Lovely entry!

    A surprise is waiting for you at my blog!:-) Hope you like it.

  9. Oohhh....my favourite soup....looks delicious....makes me want to try it out right away...

  10. We love to have this soup even when the fridge does not need to be cleared :-D...yours look lovely :-)

  11. My husband would LOVE this! looks great Nams, I'd been eyeing it too since Sia posted it:)

  12. oh wow namratha!!the soup is so inviting....love it..i can imagine the taste..yummmm:)

  13. AnonymousMay 22, 2008

    The soup looks yummy! Perfect for a hot day :)

  14. A drizzle of flavored oils made with either rosemary or basil, just before serving, exudes a beautiful aroma.

  15. love this soup..and it is a great meal on days you are too lazy to cook ;)

  16. Soup looks good Namratha.. healthy and filling!!

  17. Soup looks soul-filling.

  18. Oh my goodness this soup looks delicious!! Wonderful photos too :)

    Rosie x

  19. Narmratha, I just enjoyed looking at this healthy soup, looks delicious. I was actually longing to make this soup,thanks for sharing this.

  20. I love minestrone, too! Yours looks divine, Namratha! :)

  21. Thanks Anjali :) Hehe, this should be perfect for you then! :-D

    Thanks Asha :) Yummy Garlic croutons!

    Thank Cham, I sure did :)

    Thanks Meeso, do try it.

    Thanks Sukanya :)

    Thanks Laavanya :)

    Thanks Notyet100 :)Glad to have u over.

    Thanks Meera dear, I'm heading over now!

    Thanks Jayashree.

    Hehe, couldn't agree more Sunita, cleaning the fridge is just a lame excuse :-D

    Thanks Mansi! :)

    Thanks Ranji :)

    Thanks Homecooked :)

    That's a brilliant tip Suganya, thanks a bunch! :)

    So true R! :)

    Thanks Swati :)

    Thanks Cynthia :)

    Thanks Rosie :)

    Thanks Pearlsofeast :)

    Thanks dear Kalai :)

  22. Hey namratha!
    tried ur soup..it turned awesome..thanks for sharing just a great recipes..

  23. hey namratha!! tried ur minestrone soup..it was awesome..i made the pizza too..all in all,perfect italian OG dinner at home!!thanks to u dear..


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