Fertility recipe: Chunky minestrone soup


This hearty, chunky soup is packed with an array of nutrient-rich vegetables – perfect for when you crave comforting, warming foods. Vary the vegetables according to the season – in the spring try adding asparagus, broad beans or courgettes. For additional protein try adding a little ham or cooked bacon.


1 Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a low heat and sauté the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, leeks and potato for about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stock and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cabbage and beans and cook for a further 10 minutes, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

2 Stir in the parsley and serve the soup hot, sprinkled with Parmesan, if you like, and a drizzle of olive oil.


Serves: 4

• Preparation time: 10 minutes

• Cooking time: 30 minutes

Nutritional information per serving:
Protein 9.3g
Carbohydrate 17.4g, of which sugars 7.7g
Fat 7.9g, of which saturates 2.2g Kcals 178

2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve

1 red onion, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped

3 celery sticks, chopped

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 leeks, sliced

1 small potato, peeled and diced

400g/14oz/scant 1⅔ cups

tinned chopped tomatoes

600ml/21fl oz/scant 2½ cups

chicken or vegetable stock

½ Savoy cabbage, shredded, or

a bunch of Swiss chard, stems removed and leaves chopped

410g/14½oz tinned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2 tbsp chopped parsley leaves

sea salt and ground black pepper

2 tbsp grated Parmesan, to serve (optional)

Recipe courtesy of: Eat Yourself Pregnant by Zita West

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