Summer Minestrone

Serves: 2
Takes: 30 mins

Minestrone doesn’t have to be a warm tomatoey mess enjoyed in cooler months. Here’s a simple recipe for a fresh summer minestrone using much of the wondrous vegetable bounty that comes with the late summer months.

When To Eat

I recommend eating this dish from July to October.


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Name Amount KG CO2e
Fennel (diced) 1 Small 0.096
Onion (diced) 0.5 Small 0.009
Carrot (diced) 1 Carrot 0.018
Celery (diced) 1 Stick 0.017
Garlic (chopped) 1 Clove 0.002
Courgette (diced) 1 Courgette 0.036
Vegetable Stock 500 ml 0.292
Peas (podded) 50 g 0.019
Chard (shredded) 50 g 0.019
Borlotti Beans 150 g 0.059
Orzo 50 g 0.082
Basil (roughly chopped) 3 Stalks 0.003
Parley (roughly chopped) 3 Stalks 0.003
Lemon (zested) 0.5 Lemon 0.016

This meal is around 90% less polluting than the average UK meal.

  • Eating this recipe will save around 2.65 kg CO2e per person.
  • That's equivalent to the emissions produced driving 21.91km in a modern car.


  • Heat a good glug of olive oil to a large saucepan then add fennel, onion, carrot and celery, stirring to coat in the oil. Add a splash of water (about a tbsp), cover the pan with a lid and cook over a low heat for 10-12 minutes until the veg soften. Stir the veg occasionally to avoid them taking on too much colour).
  • Next, add the garlic and cook with the lid off for 2-3 minutes before adding the courgette and the stock and orzo. Cover and let this summer for 5 minutes before adding the peas, chard and beans. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat zest in half a lemon, add the chopped basil and parsley and stir. Taste and check the seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste along with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Serve warm with a side of crusty bread.
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