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Anything Minestrone

This aptly named soup is a perfect winter warmer to help deliver those vital nutrients in an easy to make, deeply flavoursome meal. Delicious and versatile, this low-cost recipe makes a very filling soup which is low in fat and very nutritious. This soup will give a comforting healthy hug if you are feeling under the weather, and what could be better on a cold soggy day, than the heavenly warming aroma of a big pot of goodness simmering on the stove top!

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 40 mins

Can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly before heating through.

Ingredients: - but not limited to - add or replace with what veggies and beans you have to hand.

1 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion – chopped

1 large carrot – chopped

2 sticks celery – finely sliced

3 cloves garlic minced

2” ginger – peeled and grated

1 Small sweet potato – peeled and chopped

1 Red pepper – de-seeded and chopped

400g tin chopped tomatoes

3 Tbsp Tomato Puree

400g tin cannellini, kidney beans or chick peas.

1 litre chicken / veg stock

Handful of kale / spinach – chopped

Handful peas ( can be frozen)

100g whole-wheat spaghetti – broken into bits/ macaroni or any other pasta.

2 tsp flat leaf parsley

 

Method:

Heat olive oil in large lidded pan.

Gently cook onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and ginger 15 mins until softened.

Add sweet potato, red pepper, tomatoes, puree, beans, and 1 litre stock. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 mins.

Add , kale /spinach, peas and pasta and simmer until the pasta is cooked.

Add parsley and stir through.

Season to taste with pepper and serve with crusty seeded wholemeal bread.

 

 

*If you like things a little spicy, add ¼ tsp cayenne powder to the stock.

Shredded chicken or any beans and veggies you have to hand can be added to this dish too