Tasty classic minestrone

Minestrone

Nothing screams winter and new-year-healthy-culinary-resolution more than minestrone.  This is my all time favourite, easy to make in bulk and keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days – these measures makes loads:

Cook the following gently for 8-10 minutes or until soft:

  • 30g butter (optional)
  • 5 tbl olive oil
  • 4 chopped carrots
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2-3 chopped cloves garlic
  • 125g chopped thick bacon

I cheat with the above and buy a 500g bag of mixed chopped onions and carrots – makes this recipe super fast.

Add the following, bring to the boil and cook gently for 20 mins:

  • 2 tinned 400g can chopped tomatoes – or use the fresh equivalent
  • 2+ litres of chicken stock

Add and the following and continue cooking gently  for another 15 mins:

  • 400g of shredded cabbage – I use the Chinese cabbage version, easier to chop and tastier!
  • 100g of cut spaghetti or any other leftover uncooked pasta you might have
  • salt to taste

At the end add the following and heat/cook for another 5 mins.

  • approx 250g cooked broad or French beans – from a tin or jar, should you wish
  • approx 200g cooked petits pois beans

Serve sprinkled with lots of fresh ground black pepper and grated cheese of your choice.

Probably the easiest but tastiest salad dressing you could make

Put in a blender, or just cut into small pieces and mix thoroughly, the following:

8 tsp extra virgin olive oil

1.5 tsp sea salt

1 bunch fresh mint

1 bunch fresh coriander (you can also use parsley if coriander is not your thing)

some flaxseed (optional)

3 or 4 spring onions

juice of one lemon

You can spread the above on a normal green salad, or delicious on a bed of grilled aubergines or courgettes.

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