Minestrone soup

Minestrone soup



6 serves

25 serves

60 serves

Olive or canola oil

½ tablespoon

2 tablespoons

3 tablespoons

Onion, finely diced

1 small

2 medium

4 medium

Garlic, minced

2 cloves (10g)

8 cloves (40g)

20 cloves (100g)

Carrots, peeled and diced

2 medium

8 medium


Celery, diced

2 stalks (130g)

½ bunch celery (280g)

1 bunch celery (560g)

Potato, peeled and diced

2 medium



Vegetable stock, reduced salt

1 litres

4 litres

10 litres

Italian soup mix or dried kidney beans, washed 210g 880g  2.1kg

Reduced salt crushed tomatoes 

1 x 400g can

2 x 800g cans

1 x 3kg can +

1 x 800g cans





Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon

¼ cup

1 cup

Wholemeal bread

6 slices

25 slices

60 slices



  1. Cook oil, onion, carrot and celery on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and potato and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add the stock, soup mix or kidney beans and crushed tomatoes. Cover.
  4. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for approximately 90 minutes or until the legumes are tender.
  5. Increase the heat to high. Add the pasta and cook for another 15 minutes.
  6. Serve lightly sprinkled with parmesan cheese, and a slice of wholemeal bread on the side.


Each serve provides

  • 1 children’s serve of meat/alternatives* (soup mix or kidney beans)
  • 1 ½ children’s serves of vegetables**
  • 1 ½ children’s serves of grains*** (pasta, bread)


 Allergy modifications

  • For a milk protein free option omit parmesan cheese.
  • For a gluten/wheat free option use a gluten free stock and serve with gluten free bread.
  • For a soy free option use soy free stock.
  • For a nut free option, ensure the crushed garlic does not contain any nut products
  • For an egg free option, ensure the pasta does not contain any egg products.



  • Soak the dried soup mix or kidney beans overnight as this will reduce cooking time.
  • Use canned legumes such as cannellini beans instead of dried legumes. For 6 serves use 2 x 400g cans, for 25 serves use 4 x 400g cans and for 60 serves use 9 x 400g cans. Include at step 3 and reduce cooking time to 30 minutes. 


* One children’s serve of lean meat, poultry, fish or alternatives is equal to half a serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
** One children’s serve of vegetables is equal to one serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.
*** One children’s serve of (grain) cereal foods is equal to one serve in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

The nutritional information provided is based on the exact ingredients and method as shown. Any variation/s to the ingredients or method may alter the nutritional outcome. 

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