Minestrone Soup

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very retro feel to my latest blog post. I remember having minestrone soup as a child though it was probably a dried packet mix or a tin of Heinz. I’d never even made it before. Soup always looked complicated to me and so much easier to just heat up a out of a tin.

Recently I’ve had a go at making different soups in my slow cooker and as soup is so cheap to make, it has made lunch easier both at work and when I’m at home. Mr SmartCookieSam has been told to reduce his salt intake (doctor’s orders) so I season my soups with pepper and herbs, adding a little sea salt to mine if I feel it needs it.

I was in Tesco doing a weekly shop and spotted some mini pasta shells with all the other pasta on the shelf. I usually end up buying the same pasta (spaghetti, penne and fusilli) but was looking at the other shapes. The mini shells caught my eye and thought I’d have a go at some minestrone.

At home I raided the stock cup board and found a small tin of cannellini beans and a tin of chopped tomatoes. In the vegetable rack I found a couple of carrots and an onion. I should have added celery to this as the basis of the soup but I didn’t have any. No one likes celery in our house.

To prepare the vegetables, I diced the onions and carrots into small pieces. When this was done I then heated a tablespoonful of olive oil in a large saucepan. The vegetables were fried for 5 minutes or so. The vegetables softened and then the tinned, chopped tomatoes were added along with the cannellini beans to the pan. I also added 750ml of vegetable stock.

The soup was then left to simmer away on the hob for about 20 minutes. I then added two handfuls of the shell pasta and seasoned the pan. Another 15 minutes later, the pasta was soft but not over cooked and the soup was ready.

I also added some Parmesan cheese to the soup. Usually it is grated Parmesan on top of Minestrone but I had half a packet of shavings left over from when I made a Caesar Salad.

My picture below doesn’t do the Minestrone justice. It doesn’t look appealing but I assure you it tasted absolutely delicious. I might try it in my slow cooker next time.

Love Sam xx

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