• Difficulty Easy


A wonderful minestrone with kale and mixed grains recipe to try for a healthy wholesome meal!

Serves 4

This savoury minestrone with kale and mixed grains is a beautiful dish to warm you from the inside out on chilly winter nights. For this warming minestrone with kale and mixed grains, try using other grains such as millet, amaranth and spelt for different textures, nutrients and flavours. Diced zucchini and celery would be lovely in this minestrone with kale and mixed grains, too! For a good hit of protein, add 1 cup of whole lentils with the stock. This yummy minestrone with kale and mixed grains soup freezes well.

Ingredients for this warming Minestrone with Kale and Mixed Grains

  • 1 onion or leek, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½–1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup each of red, white and black quinoa
  • ¼ cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup barley
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 300–500ml filtered water
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped into 1cm pieces
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 2 cups kale, finely chopped

To serve

  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest, grated (optional)
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced (to garnish)

How to make this Minestrone with Kale and Mixed Grains

  1. In a stockpot or very large saucepan, sauté the onion or leek and garlic in the oil over medium heat for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the quinoa, rice, barley, dried oregano, bay leaf, tomatoes, stock and water and bring to the boil.
  3. Drop to a simmer with the lid half-on and continue to cook for about 20 minutes or until the grains are half-cooked.
  4. Add the vegetables and cook until they are soft – about 15 minutes.
  5. Add the fresh oregano and lemon zest and serve in a bowl.
  6. Garnish with spring onions.

*Tip: You can cook the grains separately and then scoop them on top of the soup before serving.

Certified Organic Recipes – from Australian Organic
Credit: Janelle Purcell
  • Fantastic! Packed full of veggies. thank you


  • oooh so very healthy


  • this soup looks very rich and tasty, can’t wait to give it a go.


  • This sounds delicious. I love using healthier grains.


  • Ohh yumm, what a delish looking dish!


  • Thanks again for this recipe; filling and good.


  • Thanks for sharing this recipe, it looks interesting and I will give it a go.


  • I love minestrone. Even better with the addition of kale.


  • Kale the new super food, this is a must try, looks delish, thanks for sharing.


  • Sounds like an interesting recipe


  • This looks like a nourishing winter soup. I haven’t used barely for a long time, might be time to start buying it again.


  • love the mixed grains in this soup


  • I would never have thought of using quinoa in a soup, but this recipe sounds really easy to make and tasty. I love adding all sorts of vegies to soups like this, as it makes it extra filling and nutritious.


  • So wholesome and looks delicious! Winner


  • Another recipe to add to the recipe book!


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