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Our Famous Minestrone Homemade Soup Recipe

Updated on August 31, 2017

Welcome to the Family's Homemade Soup Recipe.

If you are looking for a delicious vegetarian soup recipe then we are here to help. Keep Calm and Serve Auchterlonies Minestrone. Ideal for Lunch or dinner, and even the day after. Easy Quick made meals, and yes this soup is a meal in itself. This tomato based vegetable soup is easy to whip up and ready in no time. It is a firm family favorite, and we serve it to our visitors with slices of chunky bread. Now It sounds Italian, and although minestrone is indeed Italian our name is Scottish. So we have an Italian soup recipe with a twist of Scots

Auchterlonie [Pronounced Au (awh) c-h (like something is stuck in your throat and you are clearing it, NOT Ch as in Chain)- ter-lonie]

Au-ch-ter-lonie Listen to me saying it HERE Apologies Audio not working at present

Our Name is actually from Scotland the home of Golf. And after a round of Golf especially here in Scotland when you are chilled to the bone from the cold North Sea Wind, nothing is more Satisfying than a dish of this homemade Minestrone Soup.

My husband was experimenting one day, in the kitchen and he wanted to make a good thick tomato based soup. So his signature dish the 'Auchterlonie Minestrone' was born. Asked for time and time again by our visitors.

The word minestrone means a thick vegetable soup. It is from Italian minestrone, the augmentative form of minestra, "soup," or more literally, "that which is served," from minestrare, "to serve.

— http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minestrone

Delicious Homemade Soup

homemade Soup Easy
homemade Soup Easy

This really is a firm favorite with our family and friends. Affectionately known in our house as the Great Auchterlonie Minestrone

minestrone soup
minestrone soup

We love homemade soup and nothing beats this easy to make minestrone, which is ideal for Vegetarians.

Minestrone is a wonderful soup once you have the basics of the soup you can add in whatever you want, our favorite of course is adding in pasta, and all sorts of vegetables can be used up making this soup.

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 1 hour 40 min
  • Ready in: 2 hours
  • Yields: 4 and a little more (you wil be asked If there is any left)

Ingredients

  • 3 celery sticks finely chopped
  • 1 large whole onion or 2 small
  • 3 carrots peeled and grated
  • a few small potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic (we love Garlic)
  • 2 tins of Chopped tomoatoes (blitzed to make smooth)
  • pinch of pepper
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • add Spaghetti or pasta if you prefer at the end
  • non dairy butter olive oil or your favourite vegetarian / vegan substitute

Instructions

  1. Chop celery, chopped potatoes, onions in pot, with grated carrots, and finely chopped garlic.
  2. Add a 'knob of your favorite 'butter' or your favourite vegetarian / vegan substitute' (you can use whatever you like here, I feel using the butter give a much better taste) and stir on a medium heat to sweat the vegetables until soft. 'Special Note' Sweating the vegetables in this manner is the difference between an okay soup and an excellent soup, make sure you do not skip this step. It brings out the flavour of the vegetables.
  3. Keep on heat for around 10 minutes. As you are getting the stock cubes dissolved.
  4. Add stock cubes to 1300mls of boiling water in a jug
  5. Bring the stock and vegetable to the boil. Leave simmering.
  6. Liquidize tomoatoes in another large pot and add the smooth mixture to your simmering stock and vegetables.
  7. Add seasoning if you prefer to here, although we never add anything until it is served at the table.
  8. Cover pot with lid, and Leave on a very low heat for an hour, or until all vegetables are soft
  9. Serve with fresh bread.
5 stars from 2 ratings of A Simple Minestrone Soup Recipe

Making Soup in Pictures

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Ingredients used for Basic Minestone soupChop vegs and put into large soup potAdd butter or similar to vegs, and sit on low heat to "sweat" your vegetables, a general rule of thumb is sweat the vegs until soft.Add StocK Cubes to Vegetables, keeping over a low heatKeep stock and veg on low heat, stir frequentlyEmpty tomatoes into another large pot and blitz smooth with a hand blenderAdd blitzed tomatoes to your vegs and stockBring soup to the Boil, cover with lid and leave to cook for at least 1 hour on a low heat, You can add seasoning here if you wish
Ingredients used for Basic Minestone soup
Ingredients used for Basic Minestone soup
Chop vegs and put into large soup pot
Chop vegs and put into large soup pot
Add butter or similar to vegs, and sit on low heat to "sweat" your vegetables, a general rule of thumb is sweat the vegs until soft.
Add butter or similar to vegs, and sit on low heat to "sweat" your vegetables, a general rule of thumb is sweat the vegs until soft.
Add StocK Cubes to Vegetables, keeping over a low heat
Add StocK Cubes to Vegetables, keeping over a low heat
Keep stock and veg on low heat, stir frequently
Keep stock and veg on low heat, stir frequently
Empty tomatoes into another large pot and blitz smooth with a hand blender
Empty tomatoes into another large pot and blitz smooth with a hand blender
Add blitzed tomatoes to your vegs and stock
Add blitzed tomatoes to your vegs and stock
Bring soup to the Boil, cover with lid and leave to cook for at least 1 hour on a low heat, You can add seasoning here if you wish
Bring soup to the Boil, cover with lid and leave to cook for at least 1 hour on a low heat, You can add seasoning here if you wish

Did you manage the Scottish Way of Saying Auchterlonie? - Can you speak Scots

I got married in Jamaica, and the minister could not say our name, no matter how much he tried. It actually was very funny, especially when half way through the ceremony he forgot the name, and we had to tell him, and he still said it with a ch as in Chain, not as in the Scottish ch, really does sound like you are clearing something from your throat.

In fact the only place I do not need to spell my name in St Andrews the home of golf due to the very famous William (1893 open championship) and brother Laurie Auchterlonie (1902 US open) the Golfers.

Both Were Honorary members of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is one of the oldest and most prestigious golf clubs in the world.

Audio recording of me saying Auchterlonie

Did you manage the scottish Accent for the 'ch'

Fuel for a Winner - Bringing back the Auchterlonies Name to golf

Daughters certificat for the Junior Open
Daughters certificat for the Junior Open

Apologies if you came here to find out about golf, If it is any consolation my daughter is bringing back the name Auchterlonie to Golf, after coming second in the Scottish Junior Open this year.

You heard it here First.

And what is our Winners favourite food 'Auchterlonie Minestrone

We love hearing what our visitors have to say.

So will you be making the Famous Auchterlonie Minestrone - Do let us know you stopped by

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      Tony Payne 3 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Sounds really good Lisa, this is the perfect time of year for making home made soup, and Minestrone is always rich and warming.

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      patinkc 3 years ago from Midwest

      Your audio recording is not working. I pinned and liked this lens. Will try the soup soon.

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Its been some time I had minestrone soup . Its so easy to make and healthy too. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wanted to come back to leave my congratulations on your The GoodVeg Quest Honorable Mention!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      This sounds really healthy and delicious, Lisa! Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations on the well deserved purple star and honorable mention in the most recent GoodVeg quest! :D

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      Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

      I love your rhyming recipe, the Scottish lesson, and the origin of the word minestrone. Can you tell I'm a 'word person'? :D It looks and sound delicious. I totally agree about 'sweating' the vegetables first! It makes all the difference!

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      yania227 4 years ago

      That must be really good!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I stopped by... LOL

      Soup looks delish!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Think I will - I'm hungry right now.

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      Tami-Lynn 4 years ago from North Vancouver

      Your soup looks great....would use a non dairy 'butter' or olive oil though:) And being that my departed husband was born in Glasgow.....i get the accents:)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      P.S. The voice "thingy" is cool. Giving this a tweet.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I would like to try it. Blending the veggies almost makes it like a tomato soup, but it must have a lot more flavor.

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      ...Auchterlonie Minestrone... very onomatopoeic and looks delicious too. Makes me wish it was cold weather actually - great, fun lens

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from Perth UK

      Yes I will I love soups of all kinds although I wouldn't recommend ratatoullie soup - yuk. Thanks for a fun lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Probably. It is simple to make and I love the ingredients (I will probably make it without so much garlic, hope that you wont mind it.) :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Think I might give it a go!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Does sound yummy for a cool autumn evening!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I shall make the famous Auchterlonie Minestrone. Then, afterwards, I shall go out in my backyard and attempt a golf drive that does not harm any deer, elk, coyotes, or other living creatures. It will be my tribute to your Scottish heritage. Fore!

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      nightbear lm 4 years ago

      Yumm, and a recipe I can make for sure. Sounds delicious

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      BestRatedStuff 4 years ago

      Sure, it looks quick and easy - maybe will give this to some of my kids to try out.

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      David Stone 4 years ago from New York City

      Actually, this looks like one I can master, and it's vegetarian. Perfect. I'll save for cooler weather and chop it up some day. Thanks.

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      Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Sounds yummy (and I can pronounce it too!)

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      Richard 4 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Sounds delicious, but my cooking skills are pretty unremarkable!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      We're vegetarian so it sounds just perfect to me!