Better For You Minestrone

Better For You Minestrone

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
Makes: 4

2 tbs olive oil
1 onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 fennel, finely sliced
1 carrot, finely sliced
1⁄4 cup tomato paste
4 cups vegetable stock
2-3 cups water
3⁄4 cup McKenzie's Italian Style Soup Mix, rinsed
1 zucchini, sliced
1⁄2 cup frozen peas
2 cups kale leaves, torn into small pieces
1⁄2 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
McKenzie's Salt & Pepper Grinder, to taste


1. Heat oil in a large saucepan or pot and add onion and garlic. Cook for several minutes until tender. Stir in fennel and carrot, cooking a further 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.

2. Add stock, water and soup mix. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 minutes until legumes are tender.

3. Add zucchini, peas and kale to soup and cook a further 2 minutes. Stir in parsley just before serving and season well.


Nothing makes the cold weather easier to deal with than a hearty, home-made meal.


Winter comfort food is usually associated with heavy meals packed full of meat but this doesn't have to be the case. McKenzie's has developed a new range of recipes which features family classics like bolognese and lasagne, minus the meat and packed full of goodness and flavour.


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