Quick minestrone

Quick minestrone

Angela's quick and healthy minestrone soup uses white beans rather than pasta for extra protein and flavour.


  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • pinch dried red chilli flakes
  • 200g/7oz tinned white beans, such as haricot (drained weight)
  • 500ml/18fl oz vegetable or chicken stock
  • ciabatta bread, cut into slices, to serve
  • 100g/3½oz Parmesan (or alternative vegetarian hard cheese), finely grated, to serve
  • 250g/9oz kale, stalks removed, roughly chopped
  • handful fresh flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped