Tuesday Night Vego – Home Grown Minestrone

12 Jul

My friend Laura is vegetarian, so when we catch up this year we have been doing so on Tuesdays to coincide with the nights that I’d be cooking vegetarian anyway.

Yesterday I harvested a huge basket full of produce from the garden, so wanted a recipe where I could use a wide variety of veggies in the one meal. Minestrone fit the bill, and it was perfect for a winter’s day.  I took it as a special challenge to cram as many different types of vegetables in as possible- I don’t think I did too badly.


  • Few tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 6 Dutch carrots, chopped
  • 1 large onion, roughly diced
  • 1 can cannellini beans
  • 1 large potato, diced
  • 1/2 swede, diced
  • 6 wombok leaves
  • 100g daikon
  • 1/2 choko, diced
  • 100g kale, trimmed
  • 1 litre vegetable stock
  • 4 ripe tomatoes, diced plus 1 400g can.
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons small pasta shapes
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Grated parmesan cheese to serve

Fry the onion, celery and carrots in the olive oil until softened slightly. Add potato and swede, then fry for another minute, stirring. Add tomatoes, wombok, choko ,stock and tomato paste. Stir to combine.

In a separate saucepan, bring water to the boil and briefly parboil the daikon to remove the bitterness. Drain the daikon then add it to the soup. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer.

Add the kale and adjust seasonings. Add the small pasta shapes and cook until pasta is al dente.

Serve topped with grated Parmesan and accompanied with bread. I used my home-made linseed and chia loaf.

Optionally, you could also add ham to the soup if you didn’t want a vegetarian soup.

5 Responses to “Tuesday Night Vego – Home Grown Minestrone”

  1. Barbara Good July 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Yum, looks wonderful and packed full of vegetables! Mr Good loves minestrone so much we had it as one of the entrees at our wedding.

  2. Liz July 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Oh yum – I don’t like a hearty minestrone and I have to say I prefer it without meat (although I do quite often use chicken stock….)

  3. Daphne July 12, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

    I’ve made it with sausage in the past. Usually when I make it, it is for my son and that is how he loves it. Though he will still eat it vegetarian if that is his only choice.

  4. L from 500m2 in Sydney July 13, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    I also prefer it with meat. I must confess that I added ham to my serving!


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