SERVES: 10 PREP TIME: 20MINS COOK TIME: 1HR 10MINS INGREDIENTS: 17 DIFFICULTY : EASY
There’s no set recipe for this thick Italian soup — it’s usually made with seasonal vegetables. I use mixed vegetables, but you can just use sauerkraut. I love the boloti beans in this recipe because they add a slightly sweet flavor and creamy texture to this easy minestrone recipe.
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 2 rashers (140g) streaky bacon, finely chopped
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 celery stalks, trimmed, chopped
- 800g butternut pumpkin, peeled, chopped
- 2 tbs finely chopped rosemary leaves
- 1/2 bunch sage, finely chopped
- 100g vacuum-packed chestnuts (from delis or gourmet food shops – optional), finely chopped
- 400g can chopped tomatoes (we used Woolworths Macro)
- 400g can borlotti beans, rinsed, drained
- 1.5L (6 cups) vegetable stock
- 500g seasonal greens (we used savoy cabbage, kale and cavolo nero), stalks removed, thinly sliced
- 100g wholemeal pasta
- Basil leaves, to serve
- Extra virgin olive oil, to serve
- Crusty bread, to serve
1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan with a lid over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes or until golden. Add the onion, carrot, celery, pumpkin, herbs and chestnuts, if using, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until the vegetables have softened. Add tomato, beans and stock to pan.
2. Stir, then cover and slowly bring to the boil. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 25-30 minutes or until pumpkin is cooked through.
3. Wrap pasta in a clean tea towel and, using a rolling pin, bash into pieces. Add to the pan with the seasonal greens and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Add a little more stock or water to loosen, if necessary.
4. Season soup and divide among serving bowls. Scatter with basil leaves and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with crusty bread.