The Best Minestrone Soup Ever!

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January 24, 2015


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image image One of the most popular Italian soups, a complete one pot meal that includes vegetables, chickpeas, beans and pasta and eats like a meal!
I tried many versions, and struggled with the recipe for many years, trying to get the flavors right!
Finally, I had my Eureka moment, sitting at the local Umberto’s restaurant and as I sipped their near perfect minestrone…all the missing pieces of the recipe fell into place! 🙂
Minestrone Soup from scratch…
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Method:
You will need 1/4 cup chopped onions
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1/4 cup chopped carrots
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1/4 cup chopped celery
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1/4 cup French beans
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1/2 cup chopped cauliflower
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2-3 cloves of garlic
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1 med potato diced
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1/4 cup chickpeas
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1/4 cup pink beans/Rajmah
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And 1 1/2 cup crushed tomato
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Heat oil and add chopped garlic, onions, celery, 1 small chopped potato, carrots, beans, cauliflower etc. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
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Add the crushed tomato and cook for 2-3 minutes
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Add Chickpeas and pink kidney beans and stir.
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Add 6 cups vegetable stock/chicken stock (kitchen basics recommended)and a few basil leaves.
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Cook for 20 minutes till tomatoes are completely melted and the chickpeas are really soft. Then take the potatoes out from the soup
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Mash them and put it back.
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This is an important step that gives the soup a silky texture. Garnish with chopped fresh Italian parsley and serve hot with crusty bread. You can also add boiled pasta to this soup just before serving to make it into a meal!
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Note: For an interesting garnish….slice big boiled Penne Pasta pieces into thin rings. spray pan with nonstick spray and sear the penne rings on both sides.
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Garnish soup with the Pasta rings.
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Below I also include a quick version for when you are pressed for time…or just feeling plain old lazy! 🙂
For quick minsterone Soup…
Stir fry garlic, onions, peppers and then add about 1 1/2 cup ready made pasta sauce, 6 cups of chicken/veg stock, kidney beans, chick peas mixed italion seasoning, salt and crushed red pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes add some cooked pasta of your choice (if you like) and enjoy!

3 comments on “The Best Minestrone Soup Ever!

  1. January 14, 2016 Reva

    This was awesome! Thank you!

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  2. January 17, 2016 Shruti

    I made this for dinner today and it was savored by my whole family ! It came out really delicious!
    Thanks for sharing it !

    Reply

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