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Minestrone Soup

Serves 8
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Steps

  • Peel and finely chop the garlic and onion. Trim and roughly chop the carrots, celery and zucchini, then add the vegetables to a large bowl.
  • Cut the ends off the leek, quarter it length ways, wash it under running water, then cut into 1cm slices. Add to the bowl.
  • Scrub and dice the potato. Drain the cannellini beans, then set aside.
  • Finely slice the bacon.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the bacon and fry gently for 2 minutes, or until golden.
  • Add the garlic, onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, leek, oregano and bay and cook slowly for about 15 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the potato, cannellini beans and plum tomatoes, then pour in the vegetable stock. Stir well, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a spoon.
  • Cover with a lid and bring everything slowly to the boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the potato is cooked through. Meanwhile...
  • Remove and discard any tough stalks bits from the greens, then roughly chop.
  • Using a rolling pin, bash the pasta into pieces while it’s still in the packet or wrap in a clean tea towel.
  • To check the potato is cooked, pierce a chunk of it with a sharp knife – if it pierces easily, it’s done. Add the greens and pasta to the pan, and cook for a further 10 minutes, or until the pasta is al dente. This translates as ‘to the tooth’ and means that it should be soft enough to eat, but still have a bit of a bite and firmness to it. Try some just before the time is up to make sure you cook it perfectly.
  • Add a splash more stock or water to loosen, if needed.
  • Pick over the basil leaves (if using) and stir through. Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper, then serve with a grating of Parmesan and a slice of wholemeal bread, if you like.

Notes

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