Thursday, May 13, 2010

Minestrone Soup 意大利杂菜湯

My version of the Minestrone Soup, simple, fast and appetizing. If I'm having this alone, I'll add macaroni and make it a complete meal. The kids doesn't like macaroni and prefer rice, so I usually serve this as a soup.

  • 1.2 litre Chicken Broth
  • 2 ripe Tomato, skinned and diced
  • 1 stick Celery, diced
  • 1 Potato, skinned and diced
  • 1 Carrot, skinned and diced
  • 1 Onion, skinned and diced
  • 5 French Bean, diced
  • 4-5 leaf Cabbage, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • Pepper and salt to taste

How to do it:
  1. Heat a little oil and saute onion and celery till slightly soften.
  2. Add in potato, carrot, french bean and cabbage.
  3. Cook for a minute.
  4. Add in the rest of the ingredients except for pepper and salt.
  5. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  6. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes till vegetables are tender.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Size of the veggies used, ie, potato, carrot and onion, depends on your preference. If you not going to eat much of the veggies, get smaller size veggies.
  • The sourness of the soup depends on the tomato used.
  • You can add cooked macaroni (alphabet macaroni makes it more fun) before seasoning for a complete meal.
  • I prefer to precook my vegetables first, especially the cabbage and onion, so they are soften and reduced in size. That way, they won't take up so much space in the pot and makes cooking easier.


  1. Love this soup, i will try it out.

  2. Sheoh Yan, Hope you'll like it. This is one of my favourites. :)

  3. Charmaine, I use Homemade Chicken Broth but you can use store bought, like heinz, Swanson or Campbell's. You might have to mix it with water cos might be a bit salty.