Minestrone Soup

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Featured Product: Flat Pancetta

This is a hearty comforting Italian inspired soup packed full of vegetables, with its signature smoky flavour derived from pancetta. It is so thick, it is nearly a stew, especially the following day as the pasta soaks up lots of liquid. By all means add a little extra stock if desired!

Product substitutes: Chorizo 1 sausage, Pepperoni 1 stick, Dry Cured Bacon 100gm or Smokehouse Roasted Bacon 100gm


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large brown onion, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 100g Skara Pancetta, diced

  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced

  • 2 sticks celery, diced

  • 1 litre vegetable stock

  • 2 x 400g chopped tomatoes with herbs

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 large potatoes, diced

  • 1 large zucchini, diced

  • 400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/3 cup small pasta shells

  • 2 cups kale, green cabbage or spinach

  • ¼ cup basil leaves, chopped

  • Salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper

  • Grated parmesan, to serve

  • Prep time: 20 Minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 Minutes
  • Serves: 6


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over a low heat. Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery and pancetta, stirring to combine. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, potatoes, zucchini, beans and oregano, stirring to combine. Increase heat to medium and slowly bring to the boil. Add pasta, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until potato is tender, adding the kale for the final 2 minutes. Check seasoning.
  3. To serve, add basil, stirring to combine. Divide soup between bowls and garnish with parmesan.