minestrone- the ultimate winter warmer?

soup, thermomix, Uncategorized

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
  • Print


  • 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!



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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla http://vannillarock.wordpress.com If you have come as a baker my blog is http://vannillarock.com i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

2 thoughts on “minestrone- the ultimate winter warmer?”

    • 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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