• Serves 6
  • 1 hours
  • Difficulty Easy
  • 13 Ingredients


The beauty of this minestrone dish is that it gets better with age. It always tastes better when you’re enjoying the leftovers the following day!

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 1/4 cup Olive oil
  • 1 large Onion (diced)
  • 1 clove Garlic (diced)
  • 1/2 tsp Basil (dried)
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano (dried)
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme (dried)
  • 1 stick Celery (diced)
  • 125g Bacon (diced)
  • 1 tin Diced tomatoes (400g)
  • 8 cups Chicken stock
  • 1 tin Red kidney beans (400g), rinsed and drained
  • 100g Spaghetti (broken into pieces)
  • Parmesan cheese, for serving


  1. Heat the oil in a large soup pot over medium heat and cook the onion until translucent (approx. 5 mins).
  2. Add the garlic, herbs, bacon and celery, and cook until the mixture starts to brown (5-10 mins).
  3. Add the tinned tomatoes and cook over low heat for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil.
  5. Add the spaghetti (or other pasta of choice) and cook according to packet directions (approx. 10 mins).
  6. Add the kidney beans and heat through.
  7. Serve with parmesan cheese.


I regularly change up the beans I add to this soup, depending on what I have handy in the pantry. Chickpeas, four bean mix, butter beans, borlotti beans and cannellini beans all work just as well. And using fresh herbs in place of the dried ones always add that extra flavour punch too. Leave out the bacon and use vegetable stock for a vegetarian version of this family favourite.

  • I always love trying different variations of minestrone


  • I LOVE Love Love a good minestrone – in any weather. Looks lovely and will give it a go I think :) Thanks


  • This sounds so good. Lucky the weather has not got too hot yet


  • Tasty and yummy…what else you can ask for.


  • oh wow. it has been so long since i made some minestrone in the slow cooker (that’s how i make it lol) i should make some before it starts getting too warm

    • yes also i make a chunky style minestrone so your version looks very cute to me :)


  • Ome of my favourites,thanks for the recipe.It looks amazing!


  • mmmm so good with this cold weather stating up again


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