Minestrone Soup

Eat Yourself Pregnant Recipe – Chunky Minestrone Soup

This hearty, chunky soup is packed with an array of nutrient-rich vegetables – perfect for when you crave comforting, warming foods and great for nourishing your body to maintain healthy cells for fertility. Vary the vegetables according to the season – in the spring try adding asparagus, broad beans or courgettes. For additional protein try adding a little ham or cooked bacon.

Serves: 4 • Preparation time: 10 minutes • Cooking time: 30 minutes

2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve
1 red onion, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
3 celery sticks, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 leeks, sliced
1 small potato, peeled and diced
400g/14oz/scant 1⅔ cups tinned chopped tomatoes
600ml/21fl oz/scant 2½ cups chicken or vegetable stock
½ Savoy cabbage, shredded, or a bunch of Swiss chard, stems removed and leaves chopped
410g/14½oz tinned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp chopped parsley leaves sea salt and ground black pepper
2 tbsp grated Parmesan, to serve (optional)

1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a low heat and sauté the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, leeks and potato for about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stock and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cabbage and beans and cook for a further 10 minutes, then season to taste with salt and pepper.

2. Stir in the parsley and serve the soup hot, sprinkled with Parmesan, if you like, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Nutritional Information per serving:

Protein: 9.3g

Carbohydrate: 17.4g, of which sugars 7.7g

Fat: 7.9g, of which saturates 2.2g

Kcals: 178

Visit our Nutrition for Fertility page for more information on the role nutrition can plan in your fertility

This and more delicious recipes are in Zita’s best selling book Eat Yourself Pregnant.