Christmas Turkey Leftovers Minestrone

My kids adore minestrone soup.  The fact that there is pasta in it seems to blind them to the vegetables in it.  So the day after Boxing Day, turkey minestrone it is.

Makes 4 hearty servings

1 medium onion (optional if you are using leeks)
1 large clove of garlic
I large carrot
1 large stick of celery
One handful of chopped cooked turkey
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 can of beans (haricot, cannellini, kidney, whatever)
Boiling water
1 low salt stock cube (optional)
Half a small cabbage (or leeks, spring greens, courgettes, kale...)
1 handful broken pasta or small pasta for soup.
1 tbsp olive oil for frying

Chop the onion and garlic and fry in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Chop the carrot and celery, or any other vegetables you are using except any leaf vegetables (these need less cooking and are added near the end) and add when chopped. Stir and put the lid on for a few minutes to let the vegetables sweat. Add the beans, tomatoes, stock cube if using, and enough boiling water to just cover the vegetables. Add the chopped turkey, stir, cover with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes. Finely slice the cabbage or whichever green leafy vegetable you are using and push down into the soup together with the pasta pieces. Cover and simmer again for 5-10 minutes.


  1. My that sounds and looks lush, going to giv it absh later in the week,
    Best Wishes for the New Year

  2. Thanks Ant. We had it for lunch today with my Mother in Law who is a bit conservative in her tastes but had seconds so that must be a good sign!


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