Spring Minestrone

November 14, 2010

This Spring, I feel that Mother Nature has been particularly fickle. One day it will be a humid, sticky 32 Degrees, the next a rainy 19 Degrees with a palpable chill in the air, reminiscent of mid June. Whilst it can be rather frustrating, as I so long for sunny Spring days where I can walk in the park and literally smell the roses, I suppose there are a few things to be grateful for when Mother Nature’s mood swings bring around another Wintery day…soup, for example! What better time to make this Spring soup than now, in Spring, and when it is cool enough to be thankful for the warming effect that soup offers.

Two Sundays ago it was rather chilly, so for lunch Mum made Jamie Oliver’s delightful Spring Minestrone. Combined with fig and walnut bread, it was simply perfect. We added a dollop of basil pesto, as is suggested in the recipe.

I tend to stick to my usual minestrone, which is quite tomato heavy. I honestly much preferred this lighter recipe, which relied on some lovely chicken stock and sunny Spring-time vegetables.

I will be adding this refreshing recipe to my soup repertoire with a sunny smile on my face…even if outside the sun is decidedly absent.

Heidi xo
  • Hannah November 14, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Ah, but see, this is what Spring is! I think we've all been in a drought for so long that we've forgotten that Spring isn't Summer, and that Spring is about sun then rain then wind then rain then sun then… 😛 Here in Canberra, for example, in the past ten minutes it's rained three times in short bursts… but it's still warm. Crazy!

    And as you say, the perfect weather for soup 🙂 Once I've finished my pumpkin soup, I might just head for a minestrone 🙂

  • Heidi November 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Good point, Hannah! Spring weather is v unique. Yum, pumpkin soup.
    Heidi xo

  • Chanel11 November 14, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    That soup looks lovely – but what really made my mouth water was that you paired it with a fig and walnut bread – yummo!

    And at least the rain has made my grass look somewhat greener…

  • Michelle Chin November 14, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Where did you get the bread from? I love bread with figs and walnuts!

  • Heidi November 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, you're all right, the bread was so delicious! It is 'Lievito' bread, by the man who started Flinders Bread (apparently). We got our baguette from Red Hill Cellars, my parent's fabulous local supermarket.
    Heidi xo

  • littleaspects November 14, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Looks delicious and nourishing! I've had that soup bookmarked for awhile to try, so I'm glad you road-tested it for me 😉

  • Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear November 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I love minestrone soup!!!! and that bread looks… heavenly!

  • laurak November 14, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Mother Nature is The Queen Of Fickle at the moment!
    But at least the colder days afforded you the chance to eat such lovely soup!
    Laura 🙂
    ps that bread looks amazing!

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets November 15, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Minestrone is my favorite soup! Love this version and the bread on the side is a must :).

  • Rosa's Yummy Yums November 15, 2010 at 8:43 am

    A lovely Minestrone! And that bread is just gorgeous.



  • Anna Johnston November 15, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Oh yes indeedy. The Queen of Fickle has been having such fun with us & dealing from a very odd pack with the weather…, but as you say, its kinda cool for the foodie, one day a lovely asian salad and the next a big old hearty comfort food dish…, and it all works great huh. Love your little spring minestrone, its such a good soup isn't it. Nice pics too 🙂

  • Kath November 15, 2010 at 10:10 am

    This looks delicious! I love hot soups at any time of the years. And since we're getting winter here gradually, this also means soup time … 😉

  • Jennifer (Delicieux) November 15, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I love minestrone. It's my all time favourite soup. Like you I tend to make a tomato heavy version. I might have to try a lighter version like this.

    I love the fig and walnut bread. Yum!

  • Adrian in Food Rehab November 15, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Considering the up and down weather we've been having, this would work the charms in my house.

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella November 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I like the vegetables that you used in this minestrone! And the more tomatoes the better 😛 Yes who do we speak to about this Spring weather. I mean it is raining right now! 😮

  • Angela (the diet book junkie) November 15, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    haha you said it. it WAS 32 in Sydney on Sunday, today it's 19. that's okay though, i need a break from the heat.

    i've been meaning to make minestrone too. it's just unforunate because the husband and i have very different tastes when it comes to vegetables (as in he's still learning to eat them.) hope you had a great weekend!

  • hbobier November 16, 2010 at 2:32 am

    That soup looks great! I made a huge pot of lentil soup yesterday, but I love that yours has cauliflower. 🙂

  • Taryn November 16, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    This is definitely on the menu!