Hearty Minestrone Soup

This past Sunday was a day of sorts weather wise; the day started off with a light drizzle and slowly before we knew it was snowing. Yup heavy snow, which was a pleasure to watch. Last winter too we had snow but nothing like this! Soon there was a blanket of white everywhere...incredibly beautiful! We even went for a drive in the snow, I know, not the sanest thing to do but it was fun.

By evening the skies cleared up and it was fair weather but chilly. I whipped up this Minestrone to keep us warm, while we watched the snow melt slowly.

You will need:

2 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
3 large Tomatoes, finely chopped
1 Red Pepper, chopped into bite sized cubes
1 cup Conchos pasta (small shells)
1 can cooked Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed

½ cup frozen spinach, thawed

2 carrots, chopped
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
1 tsp Red Chilli Flakes (Adjust acc. to taste)
1 tsp Dried Basil

1 tsp Dried Oregano
5-6 cups Vegetable Stock
1 tbsp Olive Oil

Grated parmesan, to garnish
Salt and Pepper to taste

Bring water to a boil. Salt it and add the conchos. Cook for 8 minutes until al dente.

Heat the olive oil in a deep pan. Add the chopped garlic, red chilli flakes, dried basil and oregano. Saute for 30 seconds and then add the chopped tomatoes,carrots and red bell pepper. Cook till the veggies are soft. Stir in the tomato paste. Add the thawed spinach, vegetable stock, cooked pasta and the red kidney beans. Bring to a boil on medium heat.

Season with salt and pepper.
Top with grated parmesan and serve hot.

Nothing else is more comforting than a good ol' bowl of soup!


  1. Naanu idanna monne pastamania dalli kudde first time, chennagittu.recipe ge thanks, try maadthini. Btw, Neha of Easy n tasty recipes is a guest host of SWC-Soups. You can send it to her if you like :)

  2. oh..glad to hav found ur blog Namrata..:)..Minestrone soup is so healthy n comforting..:)

  3. love the minestone soup we get in Olive garden here..this looks just like that..what a perfect companion for a snowy day!

  4. Right now it is raining, so i really wish i had a bowl of this delicous soup.

  5. Looks so healthy,hearty and wholesome!

  6. Need some of those now Nams, after the snow, it's time for freezing ice here! :D

    Looks mouthwatering, Pasta gives you energy!

  7. Namrata this is pure comfort food in a bowl - love this soup.

    Rosie x

  8. Hey Namratha,

    Yes a good soup is comfort in a bowl. And this one looks like a rich bowl of comfort..
    Snow in Atlanta! watched it on the news. We had over a foot of snow.. Just hoping it did all melt away quick

  9. Yay, I love minestrone and been looking for a recipe! :) This is awesome.

  10. When it is once in a while, snow drives crazy! Lovely soup for the weather!

  11. Lovely soup! My fav and i'm drooling here rite now! I too posted this sometime back.


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