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!