Minestrone

minestrone
20 minute, warming, nutrient dense Minestrone Soup. Loaded with butter beans, risoni, carrot, zucchini, onion and garlic in a tomato and chicken stock based broth, it is the perfect quick dinner. It's freezer friendly and can be made with just about any vegetables you have on hand. I love topping mine with parmesan cheese and a big dollop of chilli oil.
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 x 400g tins of chopped tomatoes (or 700g passata)
  • 8 cups of chicken stock (does not need to be warm)
  • 2 x 400g tins of butter beans
  • 1 cup risoni
  • Salt and pepper to season (1/2 tsp each)
  • Freshly grated parmesan and chilli oil (optional) to serve
Method
  1. Heat olive in a large pot on medium-high heat. Add the onion, zucchini, carrot, celery and garlic. Cook stirring until softened for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste, oregano and bay leaves. Cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes (or passata if using), the chicken stock and the butter beans. Bring back up to a boil.
  4. Add the risoni, turn the heat to low, place the lid on and cook 10 minutes.
  5. Season to taste.
  6. Top with freshly grated parmesan and chilli oil if using.

Can Minestrone soup be frozen? Yes. Freeze in air-tight containers for up to 2 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight and heat on the stove until hot. Or microwave on high from frozen for 8-10 minutes, stirring half way.

What vegetables can I add? Savoy cabbage, fennel, silverbeet, kale, spinach leaves, green beans, peas… The options are limitless!

What about bacon? Minestrone is kind of like bolognese sauce… There are so many amazing variations and each tastes just as good as the other. If you would like to add bacon for extra flavour, add it first and cook for 2 minutes before adding the vegetables.

 

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