Minestrone Soup – A Guest Post

Following on from last night’s guest post we follow up with part 2, take it away Ellie!!

Ellie 5Whilst I was cooking the Cheat’s Risotto I also made some soup as I had all the veg out and was stood at the hob it’s no great hassle to have 2 pots going at once:

Simultaneous minestrone soup for tomorrows tea!

Glug of olive oil

3 slices of smoked streaky bacon chopped

2 onions chopped

4 carrots roughly chopped

3 sticks of celery finely sliced

Runner beans large slices

Vegetable /chicken stock 1.5 litres

Fresh thyme leaves – teaspoon

Dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 tin beans – cannelloni work well but red kidney be good too Pasta 75g approx – you can buy cutesy mini shapes but I usually use the mixture of broken pieces from the end of the bag! Today we have broken spaghetti.

Made today for tomorrow as it improves with 24 in the fridge (and tomorrow we have swimming lessons straight after school so I know this will be fab for hungry tummies and warmed on the hob 7 mins after we get in!!)

Add bacon, and fresh veg to pan with olive oil, start by bringing them to a sizzle before popping on a lid whilst they sweat at a lower heat for about 15 mins or so. Shake/stir intermittently.

Add stock, tin toms, and both types of thyme. Bring to the boil then simmer for 25/30 mins.

Add tin beans and pasta shapes for final 10 mins of cooking time.

Serve with crusty bread if you’ve been smart enough to remember to bake some else giant crackers are usually more than acceptable to hungry children!


4 thoughts on “Minestrone Soup – A Guest Post

    • Thanks for your risotto recipe, we had it with a twist for our tea this evening after a cold windy day at Newbury Farmers’ Market, we followed your recipe with the addition of two pork steaks thinly sliced and cooked with the onion being Pig farmers we eat a lot of Pork ! It was delicious.

  1. Risotto is my fall-back meal when I’m too busy/don’t have anything planned/ can’t be bothered to do anything else. Rice and a stock cube and look in the back of the fridge for anything to throw in. Always tasty – as you say, a good, hot meal. Thanks for the post: now I’m just off to make the soup!

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