:: Hearty Minestrone Soup

October 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm 8 comments

I have a few winter warming dishes coming up but this recipe is actually taken from the book and was featured on Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide website. Plus I got a request in the comments section so I just couldn’t resist!

Hearty Minestrone Soup
This is a perfect winter meal solution, full of tasty vegetables, and filling thanks to the
pasta. I use wholewheat spaghetti, but feel free to add other shapes like fusilli or pasta elbows instead. If you don’t have any paprika, you can get a bit of spice by adding a dash of tabasco sauce, or a good pinch of dried chilli flakes.

Serves 4
1 courgette, chopped into small chunks
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 x 410g tins cannellini beans
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped into small chunks
2 litres/4 pints homemade chicken stock
75g/3oz wholewheat spaghetti, broken into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons of olive oil
A good pinch of paprika
A good pinch of sea salt

In a large pot, heat the olive oil and fry the garlic cloves and onion for 2
minutes or until they become soft.
Stir in the celery, carrots and courgette and cook for five minutes. Add the
chopped tomatoes and chicken stock, and bring to the boil, then reduce the
heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the wholewheat spaghetti, paprika and cannellini beans. Give the
soup a good stir and cover. Cook gently for a further 10 minutes or until
the pasta is cooked.
Season with a little sea salt and serve straightaway with a good chunk of
wholemeal bread and enjoy!


Entry filed under: carrot, carrots, celery, courgette, garlic, onion, paprika, soup, spaghetti, tomato, tomatoes.

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nina Timm  |  October 20, 2009 at 6:40 am

    ….makes me want to eat soup in the middle of summer!!

  • 2. peachesandcupcakes  |  October 20, 2009 at 10:35 am

    i have to try this! my grampa has been craving for borsch soup.. is it similar?

  • 3. buday  |  October 20, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Yey! As requested! Minestrone is the ultimate comfort food for me. Quick to prepare and you can throw in almost any vegetable you have on hand, even chickpeas. I have to try this version because I've never put paprika in before. Thanks, Donal.

  • 4. Sudeshna  |  October 21, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Congratulations on your first published CookBook. That's really a great job done, and wish you more luck in all your future ventures. I am just waiting for the book to get released in India, and will definitely go and grab my copy :).
    Loved your blog a lot, especially the photos of the food. Those look so professional.

  • 5. James  |  October 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Good luck with the launch tonight – may the food be with you!

  • 6. somesaycocoa  |  October 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Hmmm looks wonderful. I've tried your stew recipe and its now a family favourite and soooo easy.

    Best of luck with the book and enjoy the signing tonight. Well Done!

  • 7. Becca  |  October 23, 2009 at 2:27 am

    mmm. soup just warms the soul. I just wrote a blog post about Chicken Noodle. Hopefully it's not too long to share (see below). I also just entered a contest to write for a good mood blog five times a day. You can check out my profile and vote everyday at.

    Chicken Noodle DAY!
    Chicken Noodle! How fun to say. Chicken Noodle! Just those two words. Chicken Noodle! Without a soup makes a different accent. Chicken Noodle! Say it just for fun. Chicken Noodle!
    Chicken Noodle AND FRIENDS! Chicken Noodle SOUP and Friends. Chicken Noodle Soup and Friends on A FALL DAY! Chicken Noodle Soup and Friends on a SUNNY Fall Day!
    My friend has the flu…what should I do? Take her Chicken Noodle Soup of course! At least that’s what So and So would do. I don’t have the ingredients, I don’t have the time. Wait a second. I do have the ingredients and I can throw it in the crockpot. It’s a Chicken Noodle Day!
    Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is one of my husband’s favorites. It all started when we got married. He said he wouldn’t eat Chicken Noodle Soup out of a can (which is highly hilarious because he’ll eat practically anything that comes in a can or a box…his favorite food being macaroni and cheese…even if we go to his parent’s house and they have wonderful leftovers in the fridge…he takes the macaroni and cheese). He said his MOTHER’S Chicken Noodle Soup was the best. That’s a no, no guys! Your wife’s is the best. So I set out to find the perfect homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe and we have been happy ever since. :0)
    So and So always makes us dinner and always brings us homemade wheat bread. So I had to give So and So some of my homemade Chicken Noodle Soup. I really quite like having So and So over. My husband would be a happy man if I cooked like her and as much as she does.
    So and So was coming over anyway with another friend. The other friend brought her toddler. We decided we had to have dinner together and enjoy this Chicken Noodle Soup on a beautiful Fall Day. The weather was getting warmer by the minute. Not only did we decide to have dinner together but that we should all go over to the house of our sick friend together, who after all was the original reason to make Chicken Noodle Soup. We walked to our friends in our short sleeves, but long pants, through the warm leaves. The toddler, toddling on the sidewalk.
    “Swine Flu” she says, better stay away. But the Chicken Noodle Soup was dropped off, a friend was help, friendships were tighten, conversations were enlightened and it was just a good day. A CHICKEN NOODLE DAY!

  • 8. dishinanddishes  |  October 24, 2009 at 2:40 am

    Just in time for cold weather here – this looks incredible and comforting.


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