Minestrone Soup


Ingredients

Serves 8

Ready in 1 ½ hours

Ingredients

50g Bacon Bits                                                              

2 tbsp. Olive Oil                      

1 Onion, diced                                                         

2 stems Celery, Diced              

2 Carrots, diced                                                           

1 Green pepper, diced    

100g Cabbage, shredded                                              

1 Garlic cloves, crushed  

410g tin Tinned tomatoes, diced                                  

1L Chicken/veg Stock       

410g tin Tinned Chickpeas                                           

410g tin tinned white beans     

1 cup dried  Pasta of choice                                        

1-2 tbsp. Sugar                           

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Method

In a large, heavy based pot, gently heat the olive oil.  Add the bacon bits and sauté 5 – 7 minutes until the fat is rendered.  Add the onion, Celery, Carrots, Green pepper, Cabbage and garlic and Sauté until the vegetables just start to soften. 

Add the Tinned tomatoes and chicken or vegetable stock and bring to a slow and gentle simmer. 

Simmer for 1 hour without ever boiling. Topping up with water if and when needed.

Add the tinned chickpeas, white beans and pasta (small pasta shapes work best)

Bring back to a simmer and gently cook until the pasta is softened.

Season with salt, sugar and freshly ground black pepper.

Serve piping hot with crusty bread. 

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