Soups: 1. Minestrone with orecchiette and barlotti beans

The Autumn months are upon us and when the rain starts to pour and the sky is grey I start hankering after comfort and warmth and all things hygge which I find easily in a steaming bowl of soup. Unfortunately my daughters are not as impressed when I announce soup is on the menu and so this month we are going to try a different soup each week to find out what ticks the box for them too.

The verdict:
This weeks offering was Minestrone with orecchiette and barlotti beans. Considering I forgot to add the garnish of parmesan cheese and basil it still managed to scored an average 3/5 from my crowd of don’t like soup-ers. Complaints ranged from not liking the broth (tomato and vegetable stock base) to not enough spice – needs some chilli. It was minestrone soup – there is not supposed to be chilli in it, but on the plus side all enjoyed the orecchiette, pancetta and the beans.

Minestrone with orecchiette and barlotti beans


  • 5 x carrots
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 100g smoked pancetta
  • 1 x stick celery
  • 1 x medium sized onion
  • 1 x garlic clove crushed
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 pints vegetable stock
  • 200g shredded cabbage
  • 1 x 400g can barlotti beans
  • 2 Tbsp chopped basil
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Rustic loaf of bread or focaccia


  1. Chop the pancetta, onion and celery into small pieces and put in a pan with some hot oil and the crush garlic, cook for 3 minutes then add the chopped carrots and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  2. Next add the stock and the chopped tomatoes, bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the lid and add the cabbage, beans and pasta and cook uncovered for a further 10-15 minutes.
  4. Serve in warm bowls topped with basil and parmesan cheese with bread for dipping.

Published by Amanda Dews

Hello I'm Amanda. I am originally from Yorkshire in the UK but currently live in the Netherlands. I love to cook and bake and spend my time reviewing recipes and planning meals for my family.

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