healthy minestrone soup

Healthy minestrone soup

Tom Kerridge's minestrone is perfect for filling your family up with healthy vegetables and helping them towards their five-a-day. It freezes well and makes great leftovers.



    1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the bacon and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until cooked and starting to brown.

    2. Add the carrots, celery, garlic and onions and fry for 4-5 minutes, stirring often. Add the potatoes and fry for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.

    3. Stir in the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute, then add the tomatoes, bouquet garni and stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, then simmer gently for 30 minutes.

    4. Add the courgettes and soup pasta and return to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover the pan with the lid, then simmer for 5-8 minutes, or until the pasta is tender. Discard the bouquet garni.

    5. To serve, ladle the soup into bowls, then sprinkle over the parsley and Parmesan.