Budget Friendly Minestrone
Classic Minestrone Recipe
6 - 8
Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Perfect on a cold winter’s night with warm crusty bread straight from the oven. We’ve made this dish from scratch but feel free to use leftover meatballs from a previous meal and swap out fresh vegetables for frozen or use whatever vegetables you have on hand.
This recipe is based on Sue Hamilton and Dana Alexander's original Everything's in it minestrone recipe.
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200g Quality Mark beef mince
2 garlic cloves
2 celery stalks
2 small courgettes
100g green beans
400g chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
4 cups chicken stock
400g can cannellini beans
1/2 of a 400g can red kidney beans
Drained and rinsed
1.5 cups small pasta shapes
1 tsp dried basil
2 large handfuls baby spinach
1 handful basil leaves
To Make Minestrone
In a large saucepan, gently fry onion and garlic over a low heat until transparent.
Throw in carrots, celery, courgettes, green beans or any other veggies you have on hand. Make sure they are cut roughly to the same size so they cook evenly. Any denser vegetables should be diced smaller.
Cook vegetables over a medium heat until carrots start to soften and brown a little.
Add tomatoes, tomato paste and stock and bring to a gentle simmer.
Add cannellini beans, kidney beans and pasta and simmer gently for at least 20 minutes or until the pasta has softened.
While soup is simmering, make tiny meatballs. Mix beef mince with dried basil, a good pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper.
Form a meatball from a heaped teaspoon of the minced beef mixture. Repeat until all mince mixture is used. Make sure they are small, otherwise they’ll break apart in the soup.
Fry meatballs in a little olive oil until lightly browned all over.
When pasta is softened, add meatballs, spinach and basil and stir through.
Simmer for another 5 minutes then, if wished, serve with a swirl of pesto on top or a dusting of Parmesan, or both.
Nutrition Information per Serving (374g)
Percentage daily intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ (2100 kilocalories).More info
* Percentage of recommended daily intake (Aust/NZ)