Minestrone Soup


It is the first snow of the season today and this is the perfect meal! This is a filling vegetable packed  soup. Hearty and satisfying on a cold evening. A slice of crusty bread and you have a very good meal.



You will need:


  • 2 slices bacon/pancetta or smoked turkey
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley and basil combination
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 celery stalks-sliced
  • 2 carrots-sliced
  • 1 leek
  • 5-6 small potatoes – sliced
  • 1 litre chicken/beef or vegetable broth
  • 2 small fresh tomatoes
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning spices
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup orzo or small pasta
  • 1 14oz can of white beans – rinsed
  • 3 brussel sprouts-sliced
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil
  • 2 tbsp olive oil




gather all your ingredients.



Step 1: chop a bit of smoked bacon, turkey or pancetta.



Step 2: puree onion, garlic, parsley, basil and celery stalks in food processor.



Step 3: add to a large pot with olive oil bacon and saute 10 minutes.



Step 4: add sliced carrots, leeks, potatoes and cook another 5 minutes.



Step 5: add chicken broth.



Step 6: puree tomatoes in food processor.



Step 7: add tomatoes, salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and bay leaves. Cook


Step 8: rinse beans, chop brussel sprouts, kale and more basil and parsley. I placed herbs in a small bowl with some a bit more great extra virgin olive oil.



Step 9: in the last 10 minutes before serving add remaining ingredients. Taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary.



Prepare to feel warmed!!



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