Cheap Family Meals Minestrone Soup

After having our second baby finances were very tight so I started looking around for cheap family meals that would be healthy and satisfying for a family this was one of the ones that a friend suggested to me and it was delicious so I thought I would share it.

This recipe will serve at least 4 people, but with crusty bread alongside we can usually feed 6 (two little people and 4 adults).  It can be frozen, but I would do this prior to adding the pasta and cabbage personally, but that’s just me.


  • Olive oil for sauté
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pack of smoked bacon
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 3 sticks celery
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tbsp. tomato puree
  • 1 tin of chopped tomato
  • 2 pints of chicken stock (to save extra money and add a great flavour you could roast a chicken for Sunday lunch and use the bones to make the stock)
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • Savoy cabbage head chopped
  • Farfalline (amount to be added according to your taste)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (I don’t add salt during cooking if I am serving to the kids, but let hubby add his own)


  • Sauté onions small amount of olive oil until softened (not browned)
  • Add bacon and sauté until cooked through, but keep on low-medium heat so that onions don’t burn
  • Chop garlic finely and add this, celery and carrots to pan
  • Continue to fry stirring for about 5 mins taking care that veg doesn’t burn or stick
  • Add water to pan, turn down heat and put on lid
  • After 10 mins add in the remainder of the ingredients and simmer for 45 mins
  • Add savoy cabbage and roughly 2 handfuls of farfalline (you can use Farfalle if you can’t find the small ones)
  • Cook for further 10 mins
  • Serve hot with crusty bread



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