Minestrone Soup by Little Veggie Eats

Minestrone Soup by Little Veggie Eats

This is a great one for using up any bits of sad veg in the fridge- I mix it up so don’t take the vegetable ingredients listed as gospel - use what you have! The Baby Spice Italian blend really brings the dish alive.

Pasta in soup is pretty good at tempting smalls, but if the pasta doesn’t do it- toppings are your answer.


  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots finely chopped
  • 1/3 swede peeled and finely chopped (any root veg works!)
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 x can cannellini beans (plus liquid)
  • 2x cans good quality chopped tomatoes
  • 400ml veggie stock (use low salt if cooking for babies/young toddlers)
  • 1/4 head cabbage finely shredded (or use kale or spinach)
  • 1 tsp Spice Kitchen Italian blend
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • ½ cup orzo
  • Optional toppings: pesto, ricotta, creme fraiche, lemon


  1. Fry the onion in olive oil for about 5 mins. Add the celery and carrots and cook for several more mins. Then add the swede and garlic and cook for a few more mins.
  2. Add everything else except the orzo. On a hob bring the soup to the boil and simmer for 30 mins until the veg is soft. If you are using a pressure cooker, cook at high pressure for 7 mins.
  3. When the vegetables are soft add the orzo and simmer until it’s cooked (5-10mins). You might need to add more water/stock if it’s looking a bit too thick. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Top with pesto (thinned out with extra olive oil) and/or ricotta cheese (or plant based creme fraiche) or a squeeze of lemon.

Rachel Boyett, mother of three and life-time vegetarian, is a firm believer in one meal for all the family. She posts her family friendly veggie and vegan recipes on her Instagram @littleveggieeats.

Her first book, Little Veggie Eats: Easy Weaning Recipes For All the Family to Enjoy (Vermilion, £14.99)  was published in March 2020