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Minestrone Soup Recipe

Mediterranean Italian Minestrone Soup Recipe

A Great - Healthy - Minestrone Soup RecipeItaly's great Minestrone soup recipe is one of the great World classics.
Packed with the goodness of fresh vegetables, beans and pasta, it makes a wonderful winter warmer.
There are many variations and in this version we concentrate on ease of preperation and simplicity.
If you like vegetarian recipes then this is for you - being meat eaters we like to add some chopped Italian sausage or Spanish chorizo - but it's just as good without any meat at all.
Why not include it in your own Mediterranean diet. It's healthy and full of goodness.
Eat well - feel full and satisfied and lose those excess pounds without undue effort.  

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Minestrone Soup Recipe Ingredients for Four People

  • One large onion finely chopped.
  • 4 cups/500ml. vegetable or beef stock - or use a good quality stock cube.
  • 4 Cloves of garlic  - crushed.
  • 4 ozs./100g. of carrot chopped.
  • 4 ozs./100g. of red bell pepper chopped.
  • 4 ozs./100g. of celery chopped - with  the leaves chopped seperately.
  • A 16 oz. can of chopped tomatoes.
  • A 16 oz. can of white beans.
  • 4 ozs./100g. of fresh spinach - chopped.
  • 4 ozs./100g. of multi coloured pasta.
  • 2 oz/50g. of Parmesan - grated
  • 2 tbls. of Olive oil.
  • A Bunch of parsley - chopped
  • 1 tsp. of dried oregano.
  • Salt and pepper.
  • For the meat eaters - 4 ozs./100g. of salami or chorizo. finely sliced

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Minestrone Soup Recipe Method
  1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the onions, carrot, red pepper and celery.
  2. Sweat for ten minutes until soft.
  3. Add the garlic and cook on low for two more minutes.
  4. Now add the stock and tomatoes and cook for ten minutes.
  5. Then the pasta, cooking for a further fifteen minutes.
  6. OK - check for seasoning and add the beans, parsley, celery leaves, spinach and the meat if using.
  7. Bring back to the boil and stir for two minutes.
  8. We always serve this soup in a big tureen (everybody always want seconds) with crusty bread and plenty of freshly grated parmesan on the side.

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