Minestrone soup

Minestrone soup

Minestra di verdura

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Serves
6
Photographer
Alicia Taylor

Here is an easy minestrone made with a variety of vegetables. This soup is a staple of the Italian food repertoire and has many variations depending on which region of Italy you visit. Our recipe has that Pugliese twist, with the addition of cime di rape, leaf chicory and the final blessing of extra-virgin olive oil, ideally one made with Coratina olives. You could add beans, rice or barley if you want to make this even heartier.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
60ml olive oil
1 onion, chopped into small dice
2 carrots, chopped into small dice
3 celery stalks, chopped into small dice
1 garlic clove, crushed
100g cauliflower, chopped into small pieces
2 zucchini, chopped into small dice
1 large all-purpose potato, peeled and chopped into small dice
1 leek, chopped into small dice
3 bay leaves
500ml vegetable stock, warm
5 cm piece parmesan rind
205g fresh peas
1 small bunch cime di rape, roughly chopped
1 small bunch leaf chicory, roughly chopped, tender leaves only
200g parmesan, grated
extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. When warm, add the onion, carrot and celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cauliflower, zucchini, potato, leek and bay leaves and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the warm vegetable stock, along with the piece of parmesan rind and bring to the boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, add the peas, cime di rape and leaf chicory, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the piece of parmesan rind and serve the soup in individual bowls sprinkled with the grated parmesan and some freshly ground black pepper, finished with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.
Tags:
italy
italian
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