Green Minestrone

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • Serves


    very generously

Appears in

Good Food For Bad Days

Good Food For Bad Days

By Jack Monroe

Published 2020

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At my fastest, I have whipped this up in eight minutes from start to finish with a freshly boiled kettle, but it usually takes around ten without some degree of organization. You’ll need the smallest pasta you can find – I use the tiny stars, which are sometimes in the baby food aisle of the supermarket instead of with the regularsized pasta. Like most recipes, this benefits from being allowed to cool and rest for a while after cooking, but it’s fine to eat straight away if you’re in a hurry.


  • 120 g frozen diced onions
  • 50 g small pasta
  • 1 x 400 g tin of cannellini or haricot beans
  • a generous fistful of fresh parsley, basil or a mix of both
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 chicken or vegetable stock cube or bouillon powder
  • 120 g frozen spinach or kale
  • 50 g cheese, any kind you please
  • 120 g frozen peas
  • 1–2 tsp lemon juice, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste


Fill your kettle and pop it on to boil.

Measure the onion and pasta into a large nonstick pan, preferably one with a lid. Drain the beans and add them to the pan. Finely chop the parsley or basil and scatter in, along with the garlic paste. By this time, your kettle should have boiled.

Pour in 450 ml boiling water and add the stock cube or bouillon powder. Drop in the frozen spinach or kale, grate in the cheese and add the peas. Stir everything well, before covering the pan with a lid. Set it on high heat on your largest hob ring for a minute, then reduce to medium heat and a vigorous simmer. Keep an eye on it, it will take 7–8 minutes for the pasta to cook.

Stir intermittently every couple of minutes to break up the spinach and mix everything together. When the pasta and veg are cooked, remove from the heat and add lemon juice and pepper to taste. Stir well, and serve.

Will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days, cooled and stored in a clean airtight jar or container. Can be frozen for up to 3 months; defrost completely in the fridge before heating through to serve.