Easy Minestrone


  • Prep Time15 mins
  • Total Time30 mins
  • Makes4 servings
Easy Minestrone

Roberto Caruso

Chatelaine Triple Tested


  • 2 tsp olive oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced

  • 1 celery stalk, diced

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1/4 tsp hot-red-chili-flakes

  • 796-mL can diced tomatoes

  • 1/2 540-mL can romano beans, drained and rinsed

  • 450 mL vegetable broth, about 1/2 900-mL carton

  • Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, rind

  • 3/4 cup tubetti pasta

  • 2 cups packed spinach

  • 2 tbsp grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


  • Heat a large saucepan over medium. Add oil, then onion, carrot, celery, garlic and chili flakes. Cook until vegetables are slightly tender, about 3 min. Add tomatoes, beans, broth, Parmigiano-Reggiano rind, pasta and 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until pasta is tender, 10 to 11 min. Remove and discard rind. Stir in spinach. Garnish with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and basil.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 222, Protein 11g, Carbohydrates 39g, Fat 4g, Fibre 6g, Sodium 886mg.

Wine Pairings

Easy Minestrone

Tangy, bright chianti The classic red from gorgeous Tuscany makes a traditional pairing for tomato-based Italian dishes like Easy Minestrone. This one tastes of fresh berry and plum, with a zesty sharpness that enhances bold Mediterranean flavours. Gabbiano Chianti Classico, Italy, $17.