Mar 20, 2014

Minestrone with broccoli

There comes a day, when a large pot of soup is the right thing to do. Since I'm feeling Italian lately, I made minestrone, which sounds more like an opera piece. Instead, it is a thick, vegetable soup, usually with pasta, rice or beans, that tastes...almost as good as pizza.

Recipe adapted from Gray Apron (originally by Giada de Laurentiis)
time: 40 min

1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 medium garlic clove, peeled and chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 large potato, peeled and diced
1 cup dry lentils, cooked with salt added at the end
1/2 teaspoon dry thyme
1 thin slice prosciutto, chopped
1 Parmesan rind (about 30g/1oz)
4 cups (1 l) boiling water with 1 teaspoon salt
florets (with no stems) from 1 medium broccoli head
1 can (400 ml/14 oz) diced tomatoes in juices
3 Tablespoons olive oil
grated Parmesan for topping

In a large pot, heat oil over medium/high. Add onionsgarliccarrotscelery and ham. Saute till onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. 

Add potatoes and broccoli florets. Saute for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and thyme. Simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, blend 3/4 of the lentils with some water till almost smooth. Add blended lentils, remaining water and Parmesan rind. Simmer (with a lid on ajar) for about 15 minutes till potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Add whole lentils. Cook for another 2 minutes, season to taste and serve with grated Parmesan.

  • I never seems to have homemade broth at hand...but a piece of Parmesan rind does the trick: the soup is rich in taste with only little salt added;
  • a slice of prosciutto helps too;
  • all the vegetables (but tomatoes and lentils) are tender or even al dente, nothing is overcooked;
  • I tend to make my soups thick with content; they photograph better and...I get little impatient eating just liquid or fishing for a piece of potato when hungry.


  1. Amazing looking soup! So thick with good things and looks flavorful too!

    1. Ohh mi querida Ela se ve muy delicioso y saludable me encanta,abrazos

  2. Mmm minestrone is one of my favorite soups! I love this version - it's so different than the recipe I normally make with the lentils and broccoli! I'll have to give this a try!

  3. Looks delicious! I love minestrone soup!

  4. Hearty, nutritious and delicious, Ela, thank you for sharing xox

  5. This looks delicious Ela! Love minestrone soup and yours looks so hearty and comforting - a big bowl of this sounds perfect to warm up with :)

  6. I always feel Italian! When the weather is cooler I will be making this soup for sure :)

  7. This looks very warming and delicious, Ela.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. This is a great looking soup! And what a great idea to add a parmesan rind to it! I saw that once on some food cooking show but completely forgot!!

  9. I make soup anytime of the year, it is my favorite thing to eat. I add the Parm rind to my broth as well, it sure does elevate the broth. Beautiful pics!

  10. You are so right. A pot of soup can brighten a tough day. :)

  11. A wonderful soup Ela, I like mine thick and full of big pieces of veggies. This one fits the bill.

  12. What beautiful soup. I think one can never go wrong with soul satisfying food like this!

  13. I love the big pieces of broccoli! Your soup looks perfect for the cold weather we are going to have this week :)

  14. oh yes i love to have a big bowl.

  15. Soup, Anytime! Usually when its Saturday and I want to clean my fridge, I make this kind of soup. This looks so delicious with big pieces of broccoli.

  16. Great Soup! Minestrone is one of those classic soups that seem to lose its popularity yet it's timeless and always has its fans!

  17. I must try using lentils the next time I prepare minestrone soup…they would make it nice and thick.

  18. Anonymous8/11/2014

    Tried this soup for the first time tonight and it was so delicious. I can't believe it has so much flavour without a stock cube in sight. Thank you so much.


  19. Anonymous11/25/2014

    Hands down the best soup I've ever made!