Minestrone soup is great when the weather gets cold. I also think that if your child takes lunchboxes to school its good to have something warm for lunch sometimes so why not include homemade soup in a thermos flask. This soup recipe is easy to prepare and can be made in less than 20 minutes.
Saute the onion and garlic gently in olive oil for 5 minutes.
Add the carrot and celery and cook for a further 5 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, stock, pasta, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to the boil and simmer for 6 minutes.
Add the peas, bring back to the simmer and cook for a further 3 minutes. Remove the bay leaf.
If you wish you can serve with a little freshly grated parmesan
MAKES 3 TO 4 PORTIONS