Hearty Italian Minestrone Soup


 Make this chunky and nourishing thick minestrone soup in your kitchen, for those chilly winter months when a hearty meal is needed to revive the body and mind.

The Italians gave it the name ‘Minestrone’ meaning to administer ( or ministrare ).  Traditionally, the head of the household would serve the soup from a large central bowl.  Minestrone belongs to the style of cooking called ‘Cucina Provera’ meaning dishes that are rustic, thick and put together using seasonal ingredients on hand.  Minestra, is usually referred to vegetable soups that are more substantial and also included pasta, cauliflower and tomato sauce (or  kunserva ).

italian minestrone soup printable recipe

So now that we know a little about this dish, it is clear our minestrone soup can be used to include any vegetable on hand and to also include beans and pasta.  It should have a thicker consistency so slow-cooking for a long time will give us that thick, hearty taste.

Feel free to stir in extra vegetables, ypur choice of bean,  different vegetables as it is designed to be versatile and low cost too. 

You could omit the meat but I would recommend  you try this minestrone with the meat as the recipe is. Especially if you have always had it without.

I find this soup can carry itself as a whole meal without any accompaniment with the small meat pieces. Again, no hard set rules. 

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Yield: 4-6 hearty bowls

Hearty Italian Minestrone Soup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

An italian soup, loaded with vegetables, pasta, beans and a little beef to yield a hearty and nourishing soup for those chilly winter months.


  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 200g Chuck Steak Cubed
  • 1 medium onion chopped finely
  • 1 medium carrot chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini chopped
  • 3/4 cup cauliflower florets chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery chopped
  • 1 cup Spinach ( English or silverbeet) roughly chopped
  • 1 can red kidney beans rinsed
  • 1 can Mutti Polpa tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup pure olive oil
  • Parmesan to Serve ( optional)
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • 4 cups hot water ( reserve extra )
  • 1/2 cup macaroni


  1. Place the chuck steak and olive oil in a pre-heated large saucespan and allow to brown.
  2. Stir in the onion, garlic, carrot and celery and cook over high heat stirring occasionally for five minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, red kidney beans, bay leaf, salt and pepper cover, water, reduce heat to medium-low and allow to boil.
  4. Simmer covered for 45 minutes or more or until the meat is tender and separates easily. During this time, the water will reduce down. You may need to supplement with a little extra hot water during this time.
  5. Increase the heat add the cauliflower and macaroni and cook until the macaroni is nice and soft. Approximately 8 minutes.
  6. In the last 5 minutes of your cooking add the spinach or silverbeet.
  7. Remove Bay leaf.
  8. Serve with a little parmesan and a little finely chopped fresh herbs. ( optional)

italian minestrone soup vegetables beef stew


Red Kidney Beans or White Beans can be used for this recipe. I find Red Kindney beans complement this hearty soup.

English Spinach or Silverbeet can be used. I will use what is at hand in my garden as I am a farm to table advocate.

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Pressure Cooker Minestrone Soup

Cooking Times are Reduced.

Stage 1 ( Stock) - 45 minutes cooking time becomes 15 minutes.

Stage 2 ( macaroni , cauliflower ) 8 minutes cooking time on low heat.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 135mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 15g

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  1. I love minestrone! I’ve started putting in big, over-sized beans in ours and it’s a whole new level of goodness :0). But we don’t put meat in ours so it kind of gives it meatiness. Yours looks delicious!

    1. Hi Kristen, the recipe talks about how you can vary the ingredients and there is a lot of flexibility to it because minestrone belongs to a family of italian cuisine known as cusina povera. Minestrone traditionally is not a set dish that you set out to make but rather the ingredeients were pooled from other ingredients. Anyway, all this is explained in the recipe itself . So yes, you can use whatever bean you like , whatever vegetable you like and if you choose to use meat whatever cut.

  2. Jyo says:

    Looks great !

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