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Soup-er Minestrone

21 May 2017

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Once the temperature drops, there’s nothing quite as comforting as a good soup. Even if you’re not usually a ‘soup person’, our minestrone recipe is perfect for chilly days and is easy to throw together at the last minute.
This Italian dish traditionally includes a wide range of vegetables and some kind of meat, but there are no set rules so feel free to utilise whatever products are in season. Best of all, it freezes well and is a great way to use up all of those veggies in your fridge!

Recipe: Minestrone Soup

  • Serves: 8
  • Preparation time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 rashers bacon
  • 1 large brown onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 litre good-quality beef stock
  • 1 large jar (approx. 785g) tomato passata sauce
  • 1 can (approx. 400g) cannellini beans
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Dash of olive oil
  • 500g pasta
  • Salt and pepper
  • Parmesan

Method:

  • Put a big pot on high heat and grease with olive oil.
  • Finely dice the bacon and onion, and crush the garlic. Add ingredients to pot and cook until the onions go transparent.
  • Add beef stock and tomato sauce, then the potato, celery, and carrots. Simmer on high heat for 20 minutes.
  • Add the pasta, cannellini beans, zucchini and bay leaves. Continue to simmer until the pasta and zucchini are cooked through.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve sprinkled with parmesan!

Top tips:

  • These measurements are only a guide – don’t be afraid to go with your instinct and add more of a certain ingredient or incorporate something new entirely!
  • You can easily make this a vegetarian meal by taking out the bacon and substituting the beef stock for a meat-free option (such as mushroom stock or bouillon cubes). Some people then amp up the flavour by adding red wine and a splash of soy sauce.
  • This is a great dish to use up leftover ingredients from other meals. Even if your veggies are looking a little sad, it’s usually okay to pop them in.

Full of nutritious veggies and packed with Italian-inspired flavour, this minestrone is sure to be a hit with your family throughout the chillier months. Make sure to also check out our pumpkin soup recipe for more winter food inspiration!

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