Winter warming hearty minestrone soup recipe

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There’s no doubting soup weather has breezed on in. I’m hitting you up with my favourite winter soup recipe, Babyologists. Packed with protein and vegetables I promise it’ll keep you feeling full for ages and will warm you from the roots of your hair to the tip of your toes – perfect for the thermos when you’re spending Saturday watching the kids play sport in sub zero temperatures. I know y’all hear me!

It’s always with smug satisfaction when you can cook a lush, rib-warming meal using everyday basics from the fridge and pantry. Minestrone soup – or at least this version – does exactly that. The only slightly obscure thing you might need is a jar of sun-dried red pesto, and that’s easily found at your local supermarket.



2 400g tins of chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
¼ cup sun-dried tomato pesto
4 cups vegetable stock
2 cups of water
1 cup carrots, diced
1¼ cup celery, diced
1½ cup white onion, diced
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 rosemary sprig
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper
1 400g tin red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 400g tin cannellini beans
1½ cups zucchini, diced
1 cup of small shaped pasta – risoni is perfect
1 cup of frozen baby beans, thawed
2½ cups baby spinach leaves, chopped
Finely grated Parmesan cheese to serve (optional)



  • Add the two tins of diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato pesto, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, oregano, rosemary and bay leaves to the slow cooker.


  • Add vegetable stock and water.


  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours or on high heat for 3 to 4 hours.


  • Add in the rinsed and drained red kidney beans, cannellini beans, zucchini to the slow cooker.


  • Add the pasta. Risoni is usually my soup pasta of choice, but I had this packet of San Remo ABC pasta on hand and I’m fun like that. Cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until your pasta is tender.


  • Meanwhile chop your spinach leaves if you haven’t done so already, along with any extra long beans.


  • When the pasta is cooked, stir through the spinach and green beans, cooking for an extra 5 minutes until heated through. Taste and season again if needed.


This recipe easily yields 6 to 8 servings. Originally a recipe found at Little Spice Jar, it’s my winter go-to for filling up my boys’ bellies. Serve warm with crusty bread and in true Lexi fashion, don’t hold back on the butter!


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