minestrone- the ultimate winter warmer?

I have just traded 26° in phoenix for wet snow and 2° in guernsey, so time to get winter soups cooking. Minestrone is the ultimate meal in a bowl and this Thermomix adaptation is perfect. I spotted a packet of quick cook minestrone mix in waitrose- it includes spelt, barley, pasta, lentils and dried peas. You don’t need to buy the packet if you have all of these in the cupboard.

Make your own stock – it does make all the difference. If you are Thermomix owner you have probably made your own stock paste.




  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 80g Parmesan, for serving – drop onto running blades sp 10. Great way to use up Parmesan rind.
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 100g onion
  • 100g leek
  • 40g olive oil
  • 300g mixed vegetables of your choice- carrots, celery, courgettes, pumpkin, potatoes. (Personally I don’t use potatoes as I dislike the consistency when they go starchy)
  • Tin tomatoes
  • Tin kidney beans. You can add other types of beans, just substitute for some of the vegetables above.
  • 1 litre chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 120 g short pasta. I used the same quantity of Waitrose minestrone mix.
  • Seasoning to taste.


Drop garlic cloves onto running blades, sp 10.

Chop onion and leek 5 seconds sp7

Add olive oil and sauté 3 minutes, 120°, sp1

Add other vegetables which need chopping ( not kidney or other beans, or tinned tomatoes) and chop 6 seconds sp4

Add stock and bay leaves and cook 15 minutes, 100° reverse blade sp1

Add, seasoning, pasta or a lentil/pasta/barley mix and cook for 10 minutes, reverse action, sp1.


Serve with grated Parmesan and torn basil.

Serve with Parmesan

Stay warm and eat comfort food!



2 Comments Add yours

  1. nowathome says:

    I just love soup! It looks so yummy!!!


    1. vannillarock says:

      Thank you, Aletta. I can never get excited about soup photography ( as opposed to sweet things) so I am pleased if you think it looks yummy. Anne


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