Minestrone Soup

  1. As the days get colder, keep cosy with a bowl of this hearty soup…….
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1/2 orange pepper
  • 1/2 yellow pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled & finely chopped
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 litres vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
  • 100g small pasta shapes
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese to serve

Follow these steps

  • Finely chop all the vegetables. Add the olive oil to a large soup pan and place over a medium heat.
  • Add the onion, carrot and celery to the pan and cook gently for 5 minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
  • Add the peppers and garlic to the pan and stir again, cook for a further 10 minutes.
  • Next add the tinned tomatoes, stock and bay leaf and stir to combine. Bring to a gentle simmer. Add the cannellini beans, cover and leave to cook for 20-25 minutes.
  • Add the pasta shapes to the soup, stir well and cook for around 5-6 minutes. Season, then ladle into warmed bowls. Finish with a grating of parmesan cheese

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