Sunday, 2 January 2011

Day 3 - Christmas Minestrone

Now, this was technically yesterday's lunch, but since we ate at my mom's today I don't have anything to include of my own. SO, here is yesterday's soup recipe.

Extra Easy, all foods free.

1 onion, sliced finely
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 big carrot, grated
Mushrooms, sliced fine
Pepper, sliced fine (whatever colour you like)
3-4 sticks of celery, sliced fine
Bacon, all fat trimmed and removed
A leek, if you've got one that needs eating (we did)
Cauliflower, broken into very small florets
Can of butter beans, drained
Carton of passata (about 450ml or so)
About 1 litre of stock - and this is Christmas minestrone because I used the stock from the turkey!
Pasta - any kind you like, I used the Fantasie pasta my parents brought for us from Italy

You then need a bit of oregano and basil and parsley - or if I'm honest a bit of mixed herbs would do if you hadn't got them
Black pepper and salt to season

All you do is chop your bacon up small and cook it in some low-fat cooking oil spray, letting it brown up a bit, and then add the onions and garlic, allowing them to soften. Follow with all the veg except for the cauliflower and pop the lid on to allow them all to cook down a bit.

Add the passata, the stock, and the cauliflower and heat it back up to bubbly; add the pasta, beans and spices and turn it down. When the pasta is cooked it's ready to go.

Also good in this are sliced shredded cabbage or spinach if you want to use them up!

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