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Appears in
The Daily Mail Modern British Cookbook

By Alastair Little and Richard Whittington

Published 1998

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There is no absolute recipe for minestrone, but it should always contain beans and a soup pasta like ditalini. Many Italians insist that it is cooked with a Parma ham bone for the flavour, but there is no reason why minestrone should not be entirely vegetarian.


  • 250 g/ 8 oz dried borlotti beans, soaked overnight
  • 250 g/ 8


Drain the soaked beans, cover with fresh water and bring to the boil. Boil vigorously for 10 minutes, then drain. Cover with fresh water, bring back to the boil and simmer for about 1½ hours. Do not salt the water as this will toughen the skins of the beans.

Cook the soup pasta in plenty of rapidly boiling salted water until half done. Drain and reserve. Add