Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup is one solution to the big freeze that forecaters across the pond have been predicting!
Easy to make, this is comfort food at its very best!

You can use any combination of fresh and frozen vegetables you want….add some tinned tomatoes (no point in buying fresh ones in winter – they’re too watery) and some pasta and enjoy with freshly grated Parmesan – delicious…

You’ll need…..

100g/4ozs. Smoked back bacon, trimmed of fat and chopped finely (lardons)

1 onion, chopped finely
2 carrots, chopped finely
2 sticks celery, finely sliced
1 green pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 small tin sweetcorn
2 tins chopped tomatoes
2 tablsp. tomato purée
75g spagetti, broken into small pieces
Salt and pepper
Chopped parsley
Freshly grated parmesan

Sauté fresh vegetables and lardons in olive oil for about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes, tomato purée, corn and cover with water. Simmer gently until all is soft.
About 10 minutes before serving, add the pasta and continue cooking….you may need to add more water at this stage. Season well with salt and freshly ground pepper. Sprinkle with parsley.
Serve piping hot with fresh, crusty bread and parmesan cheese.