Wednesday, March 24, 2010

#49 Italian Minestrone-Style Soup

Minestrone is a vegetable and pasta soup with tomatoes using mainly vegetables that are currently in season and it doesn't have a constant recipe. And it can be vegetarian or with meat, served with grated cheese or without.
For this version I used more like winter vegetables, carrots, strips of swede and broad beans, and I chose a French hard goat's cheese (forgot the name, but the taste is so good!) We had a French farmers' market in town last weekend and used this opportunity to stack loads of fresh French cheeses (all varieties) at home. Didn't write down the names though, have to do this next time.

Serves: 4

2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup broad beans
1/2 cup carrots
400 gr chopped tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped swede
1 onion chopped
2 celery sticks chopped
4 cloves of garlic chopped
800 ml vegetable stock
100 gr orzo pasta shapes (or other short pasta shapes)

oregano and thyme leaves

To serve:
ciabatta bread, grated hard goat's cheese

Italian Minesrone
In a saucepan heat the oil and add the onion, garlic, carrots, suede, celery and broad beans. Stir occasionally, lower the heat, cover with a lid and steam for 15 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and the boiling stock, simmer for 10 minutes and add the pasta shapes. Bring to the boil again, cover, lower the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

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