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Minestrone in the Morning


This simple minestrone soup was the breakfast of choice this morning. It actually won versus an option of freshly made Belgian waffles.

In many parts of the world, breakfast is often leftovers from dinner the night before, or a substantial meal with many different flavors. Feel free to think beyond cereal, toast or sweet pastries for breakfast.

Children are great at ignoring perceived stereotypes. Start them early with varied options and you will be pleasantly surprised when they pick soup over pastries.

There are no rules. Eat what you have time to make and with enough nutrients for your planned activities.


I have been making this soup for so long that I hardly think of it as a recipe, hence the delay in sharing it.

The key is in the quality ingredients and a couple of simple techniques.

Minestrone in the Morning

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 4-6 Servings


  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1/2 cup chopped fresh carrots
  3. 1/2 cup corn
  4. 1 large potato, diced
  5. 2 teaspoons dried oregano (and/or basil & rosemary)
  6. 1 pound of fresh tomatoes, puréed
  7. 1/2 cup of cooked chickpeas
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  9. 1-2 cups water
  10. 1/2 cup of cooked pasta (elbow macaroni, ditalini, etc)
  11. salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot/dutch oven.
  2. Add the vegetables and dried oregano.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot and cook for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomato purée and chickpeas.
  5. Stir in the paprika.
  6. Add the water according to how thick you would like the soup to be.
  7. Increase the heat until the soup boils. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat, cover and simmer.
  8. Once all the vegetables are cooked, stir in the cooked pasta.
  9. Salt and pepper to taste.


* The pasta is optional. We do not always add it. Kids love alphabets and other fun shapes so feel free to use those.

* I used a garlic and sundried tomato infused olive oil. Regular works great to.

  • Elizabeth Varadan - Another tasty soup recipe. I love soup. Especially in fall and winter.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Varadan - Another tasty soup recipe. I love soup. Especially in fall and winter.ReplyCancel

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