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Everything's in it Minestrone

Classic Minestrone Recipe

6 - 8

Serves

15 mins

Prep Time

1 hrs

Cook Time

Sue Hamilton and Dana Alexander

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Sue Hamilton and Dana Alexander

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 add your favourite veggies. That’s what we mean when we say it has ‘everything in it’.

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Ingredients

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200g Quality Mark beef mince

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1, finely chopped onion

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2, finely chopped garlic cloves

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4, roughly chopped bacon rashers

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2, roughly chopped carrots

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2, finely sliced celery stalks

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2, roughly chopped courgette

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1/2 cup green beans

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400g can diced canned tomatoes

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2 tbsp tomato paste

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4 cups chicken stock

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400g can cannellini beans

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400g can red kidney beans

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1 cup pasta

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1 tsp dried basil

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1 big bunch baby spinach

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1 handful basil leaves

Method

To Make Minestrone

1

In a large saucepan, gently fry onion and garlic over a low heat until transparent.

2

Add bacon and fry until crisp.

3

Throw in carrots, celery, courgettes, green beans and frankly any other veggies you have on hand.

4

Make sure, however, that they are cut to the same size so that they cook evenly. If some vegetables are denser than others, dice them a little smaller.

5

Cook vegetables over a medium heat until carrots start to soften and brown a little.

6

Add tomatoes, tomato paste and stock and bring to a gentle simmer.

7

Add cannellinni beans, half the can of kidney beans and pasta and simmer gently for at least 20 minutes or until the pasta has softened.

8

While soup is simmering, make tiny meatballs.

9

Mix beef mince with dried basil, a good pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper.

10

Form a meatball from a heaped teaspoon of minced beef.

11

Repeat until all mince mixture is used.

12

Fry meatballs in a little olive oil until lightly browned all over.

13

Make sure they are small, otherwise they’ll break apart in the soup, though that’s not a complete disaster!

14

When pasta is softened, add meatballs, spinach and basil and stir through.

15

Simmer for another 5 minutes then, if wished, serve with a swirl of pesto on top or a dusting of Parmesan, or both.

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Nutrition Information per Serving (395g)

Percentage daily intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ (2100 kilocalories).

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Energy

1290 (308)kJ

Protein

25.2g

Total Fat

4.8g

Saturated Fat

1.7g

Carbs

33.4g

Sugars

6.4g

Sodium

587mg

Iron*

5.8mg

* Percentage of recommended daily intake (Aust/NZ)

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