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    Minestrone Soup

    Minestrone is a traditional Italian soup. Serve with warm crusty bread.

    • Preparation time: 25 minutes
    • Cooking time: 60 minutes
    • Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes 60 minutes 25 minutes

    Serves: 6 - 8

    Ingredients

    • 75g Parmesan, coarsely grated
    • 1 packet fresh basil, roughly chopped
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 2 medium sized waxy potatoes (eg Estima), peeled and diced
    • 2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
    • 2 courgettes, finely diced
    • 3 sticks of celery, chopped
    • 1 litre of water or vegetable stock
    • 1 x 227g can chopped tomatoes
    • 100g small pasta, eg macaroni
    • 1 x 300g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    • 225g spinach, roughly chopped
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Method

    1. Place the oil in a large saucepan with the onion and garlic and gently fry for 8-10 minutes until the onion is soft but not brown.
    2. Add the potatoes, carrots, courgettes and celery and continue cooking gently for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    3. Add the water (or stock) with the tomatoes, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
    4. Stir in the pasta, kidney beans and the spinach and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
    5. Season to taste then stir in the basil. Sprinkle with the Parmesan and serve with chunks of warm crusty bread.

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