Classic minestrone

Classic minestrone

main courses | serves 8

We?ve used courgette and chard here, but you can use any vegetables that are in season.

1. Start by making a sofrito ? frying off the aromatic ingredients to make the base of your soup. Add a glug of oil to a pan and place over a medium heat.
2. Stir in the bacon, onions, carrots, celery, fennel, garlic and basil stalks, and sauté gently (lower the heat if needs be) for 15?20 minutes, until everything is soft, but not coloured.
3. Add the wine and bring to the boil. Tip in the tomatoes and courgettes. Bring back to the boil, and simmer on a low heat for around 15 minutes.
4. Mix in the cabbage or chard, the beans and their juice and the stock. Bring to the boil, then add the pasta.
5. Simmer over a medium heat until the pasta is cooked, 10?12 minutes, depending on your pasta. If the soup is too thick, add a little stock or water.
6. Season to taste, then rip in the basil leaves (saving a few to serve) and dress with a few lugs of new season olive oil. Stir, and serve with the saved basil and a grating of parmesan.

Per serving 227 cals, 10.5g sugars, 8.4g fat (1.6g saturated), 12.1g protein, 22.6g carbs


Recipe Jamie Oliver
Photo David Lofts

from Issue 46


? Olive oil
? 4 rashers smoked streaky
bacon, sliced
? 2 red onions, finely chopped
? 2 carrots, chopped
? 2 celery sticks, chopped
? 1 fennel bulb, chopped
? 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
? ½ bunch of basil, leaves picked
and stalks finely chopped
? 125ml red wine
? 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
? 2 courgettes, halved lengthways and sliced
? 300g savoy cabbage or chard, core removed, leaves washed and sliced
? 400g tin cannellini beans
? 800ml organic chicken or vegetable stock
? 75g dried pasta (shells or odd ends)
? New season extra virgin olive oil
? Parmesan, to serve

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