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Minestrone Soup

Minestrone soup is packed full of vegetables, spices and vital nutrients. Warm up with this scrumptious, healthy soup.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (EVO optional)

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 onions (medium, finely diced around 1/2cm)

  • 6 cloves garlic (finely diced)

  • 2 carrots (medium, finely diced around 1/2cm)

  • 2 stalks celery (medium, finely diced around 1/2cm)

  • 100 grams sliced green beans or peas (frozen or fresh)

  • 2 zucchini (medium, finely diced ½ cm)

  • 1.4 kilograms of red beans (tinned and drained or freshly cooked till soft)

  • 450 grams of diced tomatoes (tinned or fresh)

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon oregano (dried or fresh)

  • 1 teaspoon basil (dried or fresh)

  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme (dried or fresh)

  • 2 teaspoons sea salt flakes

  • 1 teaspoons black pepper

  • 4 cups salt reduced vegetable stock (fresh is best, 946ml)

  • 3 cups of water

  • 1/2 cup ditalini, tubetti or elbow macaroni

  • 1 tablespoon fresh Parsley ( to garnish, sprinkle on top)

  • Parmesan cheese (to grate on the top)

Method

  • 1.

    Put a large pot on a medium heat. Add the olive oil to coat the bottom of the pot. Wait 5 min until olive oil has heated up and then add carrots, celery, onions, garlic, paprika, oregano, basil, thyme to the pot then cook for 5 minutes until starts to golden and onions go translucent.

  • 2.

    Next, add the zucchini, green beans or peas, kidney beans, tomatoes, and tomato paste stir to combine them and cook for another 3 minutes.

  • 3.

    Add vegetable broth and water and bring up to a simmer.

  • 4.

    Next cover the pot and simmer on a low heat for around 20 minutes. Add the chosen pasta and cook until the pasta is soft around 10 minutes.

  • 5.

    Turn off the heat and season to flavour using the sea salt flakes and black pepper.

  • 6.

    Serve in a bowl with shaved parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of chopped parsley on top. Goes great with a slice or 2 of toasted rustic bread.

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