EVENT: SUNDAY FUNDAY
THEME: 30 MINUTES OR LESS
RECIPE: MINESTRONE SOUP
Minestrone Soup is a healthy, hearty, easy to make and comforting Italian Soup. This soup is perfect as lunch or dinner. One can add any seasonal vegetables to it along with some pasta or rice or both. Serve it with your favourite bread and some parmesan or cheddar cheese.
A Wholesome Meal
There’s nothing more comforting on a cold day like a bowl of some hearty wholesome soup. I love minestrone soup as it has everything in it, vegetables, pasta, beans, and cheese if you like. I usually use whatever vegetables are available in the market. Wholesome soups like Minestrone make an excellent meal. Its a good way to get kids to have vegetables. Use fresh tomato puree and tomatoes if possible. Don’t over cook the vegetables. Getting a bit of bite with every spoonful makes the soup more palatable.
Make Minestrone Soup Thick or Thin?
While I prefer the thick version, hubby loves it with more stock and a bit watery. However, I don’t compromise on the amount of vegetables and pasta I add. Basically, I make it both ways, a little more soupy and thick too.
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Theme: 30 Minutes or Less
First Published on 26/06/2012, write up and photos re done on 12/12/2021
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Ingredients Required For Minestrone Soup
- Mixed Vegetables – use any of your choice like peas, green beans, corn, zucchini, cauliflower, zucchini, cabbage, kale, spinach, celery, bell pepper, squash, mushrooms, etc. To prepare the soup in a jiffy, I sometimes use frozen vegetables.
- Fresh Tomatoes – chopped
- Tomato Puree – or passata. Use homemade or tinned.
- Onion – use any, white, red or yellow. Peeled and chopped
- Garlic – peeled and chopped
- Olive Oil
- Butter – optional
- Cooked Beans – use red or black kidney beans, cannellini beans, borlotti, etc.
- Pasta – use the smaller type so that it cooks faster. However, can add any you have at home.
- Stock – I use vegetable stock
- Herbs – fresh or dried, any you have at hand
- Cheese – parmesan or cheddar to serve on top. Optional
Watch How To Prepare Minestrone Soup
- 1 cup mixed vegetables
- ½ cup celery stalks chopped
- ½ cup celery leaves chopped
- ½ cup mushrooms sliced or chopped
- 1 cup tomatoes chopped
- 1 cup tomato puree
- ½ cup onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic sliced
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter optional
- ½ cup beans cooked
- ½ cup pasta
- 2-3 cups stock
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper powder
- 1 tsp mixed herbs
- some parmesan or cheddar cheese optional
- Heat oil and butter in a large pan over medium heat.
- Add chopped onion and stir fry till it becomes a bit soft.
- Add chopped garlic and stir fry for 1 minute.
- Add the vegetables, mushrooms and celery stalk. Mix well.
- Cover the pan and allow the vegetables to 'sweat" for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and beans. Mix well.
- Cover the pan and allow the tomatoes to cook for 1 minute.
- Add tomato puree, stock and salt.
- Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Add the pasta, mixed herbs and celery leaves.. Mix well. Cover the pan.
- Allow the soup to boil till the pasta is done. This usually takes about 10-12 minutes.
- Add pepper and mix well.
- Garnish with chopped spring onion or fresh herbs.
- Serve the soup with some cheese and your favourite bread.
- Use red or black kidney beans, cannellini, or any cooked beans of your choice.
- Use fresh herbs if you have any. Add it along with the pasta.
- Replace the pasta with rice for a gluten free version.
- For vegan version omit butter and dairy cheese.
- To 'sweat' vegetables means to cook it covered without any liquid.
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