Warming, nutritious minestrone soup

Minestrone soup

Delicious and hearty, this wintery soup is full of goodness (and hidden veggies), great for your little growing tots

Exotic minestronesoup

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onion and bacon until the onion is soft. Add the carrots, courgettes, celery, potatoes, tomatoes and 4-bean mix and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  2. Add 2.5 litres water to the pan and season with freshly ground black pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
  3. Stir in the pasta and green beans and simmer until tender. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley
    and serve with crusty bread.
  4. Hint: Prepare ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for warming winter meals through the week or at the weekend.
  5. Serves 20, prep time 15 minutes, cooking time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 slice rindless bacon, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, halved lengthways and
  • 3 courgettes, halved lengthways and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 potatoes, chopped
  • 400g tin diced tomatoes
  • 400g tin 4-bean mix, drained and rinsed
  • 30g small pasta shapes
  • 125g green beans, trimmed and sliced
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Chopped parsley

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