Thursday, October 26, 2006

Minestrone Soup

I have recently made a lovely soup. Here is what is in the soup for 4 people (if its just for a starter, or 2 people for a full meal):
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped/crushed
  • 75g rashers of streaky bacon, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 Potatoes, diced
  • 500ml stock (Just Bouillon vegtable stock seemed to work well)
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 1 handful Parsley, chopped
  • 75g canned beans (i used tinned cannellini beans)
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 Tomatoes, chopped
  • 50g spaghetti, broken
Its really simple, and takes about 1 hour to cook. So first prepare all the veg as above then:
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan and then add the onion, garlic, bacon, celery, and carrot and fry for two minutes, stirring often (so it doesn't stick like hell!)
  2. Then add the potato and the stock and bring to the boil.
  3. Now add the beans and bouquet garni. Then add some of the parsley and season with freshly ground pepper. (I try not to cook with salt, there is enough in the dammed stock cubes!)
  4. Bring to the boil again, then simmer for 45 minutes.
  5. About 10-15 mins before seriving add the tomatoes and spaghetti. Cook until the spaghetti is tender.
  6. Serve the soup with a bit of parsly on top and a some nice bread, if you are feeling that way inclined.