Fertility Meal Plan

Easy Minestrone Soup

Serves: 6
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 16 minutes

This filling soup makes a great lunch or light dinner full of fertility-boosting antioxidants. If not using straight away then stop after step 3, add the beans and keep the soup in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Add shredded cabbage or other greens when reheating.

1 large onion
2 large carrots
5 sticks celery
1 courgette
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Pinch dried chilli (optional)
Large pinch dried oregano / thyme
1 can chopped tomatoes
100g wholegrain pasta (use shapes e.g. fusilli or spaghetti broken into pieces) 1.5 L vegetable stock
1 can cannellini / butter beans
½ head green cabbage, shredded (or replace with other greens e.g. kale) Green pesto to serve (optional)


  1. Place onion, carrots, celery, courgette in a food processor and chop into small pieces (or chop by hand)
  2. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and gently sauté the chopped vegetables, garlic and chilli for 5 minutes
  3. Add the tomatoes, pasta, stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 7 minutes
  4. Add the beans and cabbage and cook for a further 4 minutes or until pasta is cooked
  5. Serve each bowl drizzled with a tsp pesto if desired

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