mercredi, janvier 13, 2010

Minestrone My Way


MB is packing for their move to Norwich where her other half is now Director of Design. A number of our friends (including my Bollywood Beauty's other half) have moved over to Lotus ever since DB became its CEO. I have volunteered to help with the boxes this week and at the same time catch up with her. It is sad to know that soon we won't be seeing them much (if at all) anymore.

It's a foggy morning. I have decided to cook dinner before I go over to her house. A quick Minestrone done the way I like it. Come evening though, I would pour out a bowl for myself and then puree the rest into a vegetable soup for the kids. They do not like to see anything resembling a vegetable lying in their soup.

Minestrone :

2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 big Garlic clove (diced)
1 Onion (diced)
3-4 ripe Plum Tomatoes (cubed)
1-2 Potatos (cubed)
2 Carrots (cubed)
2 Zucchinis (cubed)
Half a Leek (sliced)
1 Turnip (cubed)
150g Champignons de Paris (sliced or cubed)
1 Celery stalk (sliced)
2 Tbsp Oats
1 Tbsp Barley
150g Bacon (optional)
Small Italian Shell Pasta (made of rice or wheat flour)
Thyme, sage, bay leaves, basil, parsley
3 Tbsp White Wine
1 litre Chicken stock
Fresh Chilli (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a soup pot or large deep non-stick pan, fry the garlic and onion in the olive oil till fragrant. If using bacon, add it in now. On the other side of the pan, fry the potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, celery, turnip, mushrooms and other vegetables.

Cook the small pasta briefly in another pot. Drain and set aside. You can use small shells, stars, macaroni, pennetti etc. Even cooked rice. I used Italian-made small rice pasta shells this time.

Add in the fresh herbs and stir in the white wine. Pour in the hot chicken stock.

The Italians may cook this soup for a few hours, but I only cook it for 30 minutes as I do not like to eat my vegetables soggy. I didn't use beans or peas since I am not fond of them, but you could, of course. In which case do think of soaking the beans beforehand if you are using dried ones.

Add in the cooked and drained pasta about 5-10 minutes before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste.

The minestrone is even better re-heated the next day. But not with the pasta inside as it would be really soggy and taste horrible.

3 commentaires:

Muriel a dit…

Champignons de Paris??? Yuck!
I like most of cooking but mushroom in a Minestrone, it is a crime!!!

Because the horrid weather, I also cooked a minestrone soup, but it is done the proper way, as Hubby is MEGA-fussy, things have to be done in a very traditional way ... O_o
If I had put mushroom in his minestrone, I bet the plate would have flown accross the room HAHAHA!

Beau Lotus a dit…

Hello, like I said, it's done my way :-). Though in my research I was told that there is no one recipe across Italy since it's really usually about using seasonal vegetables to make one big soup. Champignons de Paris seems always to be in season LOL.

I like mushrooms in almost anything. This week I will make Udon with Duck and Mushrooms. Watch this space ( have a big packet - finding ways to finish it).

Beau Lotus a dit…

You know what, Muriel?

This would make you happy. The kids refused to eat the (pureed) soup this evening. They said it tasted of mushrooms!!!

But I loved it, sigh...