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Autumn Minestrone Soup

A delicious minestrone soup made with vegetables which are seasonal in autumn.

There is no set recipe for minestrone principally because this soup is based on leftover vegetables. In true Italian fashion, nothing is wasted so in autumn they use leftover vegetables which are seasonal at that time of year. This autumn minestrone soup uses carrots, onions, courgettes, celery and tomatoes as the vegetable base.

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Autumn Minestrone Soup sprinkled with torn basil

INGREDIENTS                         

1 large onion (or two small ones)
Large can of cannellini beans - 400g / 14oz
55g / 2oz of Fusillini pasta or similar
4 slice of smoked pancetta or streaky bacon
2 medium carrots
2 celery sticks
2 courgettes
2 large cans of chopped tomatoes - 800g / 28oz in total
700ml / 1ΒΌ pints of warm chicken stock (or vegetable)
3 cloves of garlic
Small handful of fresh basil
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons of extra virgin oil
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION TIME

: 15 minutes

COOKING TIME

: 55 minutes

DIFFICULTY LEVEL

: Easy

FREEZE

? Yes

SERVINGS

: 4

COOKING EQUIPMENT

: Large pan and frying pan.

PREPARATION

Top and tail the onions and garlic, peel them and chop them.

Peel and slice the carrots.

Top and tail the celery then finely chop it.

Top and tail the courgettes, slice them in half lengthwise and then slice.

Chop the pancetta / bacon into small pieces.

Finely chop half the basil (stalks and leaves).

COOK'S NOTES FOR AUTUMN MINESTRONE SOUP

If you have, and can afford pancetta, then by all means use it, the taste is delicious. But a more economical substitute is streaky bacon which does the job nearly as well. The cannellini beans can be substituted with most other beans. The choice of pasta is up to you, we suggest using fusillini because it is made up of bite sized pasta. If you use something like spaghetti then break it into smaller pieces before adding to the soup.

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RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS

STEP 1

Add the olive oil to a frying pan on low to medium heat then add the carrots, celery, pancetta / bacon, chopped basil ands onions. Fry them gently for about 20 minutes stirring frequently. The vegetables should be fully softened but not browned. Turn the heat down if they start to brown.

Transfer the contents of the frying pan to a large pan, add the bay leaf, tomatoes and courgettes and simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes.

 Frying vegetables

STEP 2

Add all the remaining ingredients except the remaining basil and spinach and stir the ingredients well. Simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
 Cooking the autumn minestrone soup

STEP 3

Taste the soup and add salt and pepper to your taste.

Sprinkle in the spinach, stir it into the soup well and simmer for a final three minutes.

Serve the soup into warm bowls, sprinkle each with some torn basil leaves and crusty bread.

 Soup served in a bowl
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