Minestrone and Bacon Soup

Minestrone and Bacon Soup Recipe

I hate to say it…but winter is coming.  Not in a scary “Game of Thrones” kind of way.  A more real, “its a bit chilly in the mornings and the evenings are drawing in” kind of way!  To get you through the autumn / winter months, try this yummy minestrone and bacon soup recipe.

This warming autumn and winter staple is great to cook-up in a batch at the weekend, and then eat for lunch / tea until it is all gone!  It won’t take long, I really LOVE this recipe!

To make my Minestrone and Bacon soup recipe you will need…



  • 3 sticks celery (diced)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 2 courgettes (diced) (thanks to my lovely friend Jen at We are Allotmental for the scrummy carrots and courgettes – look at the size of that courgette!)
  • 2 onions (diced)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1tsp oil
  • 3tsp paprika
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • 180g pancetta or bacon
  • 800g tinned tomatoes
  • 400g tin haricot beans
  • 200g pasta (I used soup-pasta but you could use spaghetti broken into pieces)
  • 2.5pt beef stock
  • splash each of balsamic vinegar and Worcester sauce


1 – Add onion, carrot, celery to a large soup pan with 1tsp oil and fry gently for 3-5 minutes


2 – Add diced courgette to the pan and stir through whilst you chop the pancetta or bacon into strips.

3 – Push the veg to one side in the pan and add the bacon and garlic.  Fry lightly before stirring into rest of veg


4 – Add paprika and tomato puree and stir through

5 – Pour in the stock and tinned tomatoes and then simmer gently for 30-45 minutes


6 – Add the haricot beans and pasta and then simmer for a further 10-15 minutes (until pasta and veg is soft)

7 – Add splash of balsamic vinegar and Worcester sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper.



I really LOVE eating this topped with a little cheddar cheese and some crusty bread!


And that’s it! super-yummy, not too naughty “meal-in-a-bowl” Minestrone and bacon soup recipe.


Jo-ver for now





6 Responses

  1. That recipe sounds amazing! I’ll have to try it.

    Also, I never heard the term “courgette” before this. I always call them zucchini. You learn something new every day!

      1. LOL, no worries. Google told me very quickly what they were! And they’re one of my favorite vegetables, so it’s fun to know what they’re called across the pond.

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