Vegetable and Pasta Soup (Minestrone)

vegetable and pasta soup

Vegetable and Pasta Soup (Minestrone)

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Servings: 8
Calories: 587


  • 1 3/4 pints Water
  • 4 oz Dried kidney beans
  • 2 oz Dried chick-peas
  • 6 oz Salt pork cubed
  • 2 floz Olive oil
  • 2 Medium onions chopped
  • 1 Garlic clove crushed
  • 2 Medium potatoes diced
  • 4 Carrots sliced
  • 4 Celery stalks sliced
  • 1/2 Small cabbage finely shredded
  • 6 Medium tomatoes blanched, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 4 pints Chicken stock
  • 1 Bouquet garni
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 oz Fresh peas weighed after shelling
  • 4 oz Macaroni
  • 2 oz Parmesan cheese grated


  • Bring the water to the boil over high heat. Add the beans and chick-peas and boil for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and set aside to soak for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Return the pan to high heat and bring to the boil again. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the beans for 1 1/2 hours, or until they are almost tender.
  • Drain the beans and peas in a colander and set aside.
  • Fry the salt pork cubes in a saucepan until they resemble small croutons and have rendered most of their fat.
  • Transfer the salt pork to a plate. Add the oil to the saucepan and stir in the onions and garlic.
  • Fry until the onions are soft. Stir in the potatoes, carrots and celery and fry for 5 minutes, then add the cabbage and tomatoes. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Pour over the stock, then add the bouquet garni, reserved beans and chick-peas, salt pork and salt and pepper. Bring" to the boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer the soup for 35 minutes. Uncover and remove and discard the bouquet garni. Add the fresh peas and macaroni and cook for a further 10 to 15 minutes, or until the macaroni is 'al dente', or just tender.
  • Pour the soup into serving bowls and sprinkle over the grated Parmesan before serving.
Calories: 587 kcal
Carbohydrates: 59 g
Protein: 21 g
Fat: 31g
Saturated Fat: 9 g
Cholesterol: 30 mg
Sodium: 1077 mg
Potassium: 1335 mg
Fiber: 11 g
Sugar: 14 g
Vitamin A: 6355 IU
Vitamin C: 62 mg
Calcium: 216 mg
Iron: 5 mg
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