Minestrone is a thick soup of Italian origin made with whatever vegetables are in season, often with the addition of pasta or rice.
Before you start
A pressure cooker will be useful to reduce the cooking time from 50 min to 15 min
- Prepare the vegetables: Finely chop the onion, garlic, celery, and one carrot. Dice the other vegetables, keeping one potato whole
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the finely chopped vegetables, then sauté 5 min, with occasional stirring, until softened. Add the remaining vegetables, and salt, then cook 5 min with frequent stirring.
- Pour in the broth, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, about 45-50 min, until the vegetables are softened. If using a pressure cooker, the cooking time is reduced to 15 min. Mash the whole potato, using a fork: the soup will be smoother. Add the red beans then cook 5 additional min.
- When ready to serve, add about ¼ cup (65 ml) of water per serving and bring to a boil. Add about 20 g of pasta per serving, breaking the spaghettini into smaller pieces before adding them to the pot. Cover, and cook over low heat until al dente, about 6-7 min. Add pepper to taste then ladle the soup into bowls and serve.
This soup keeps up to 7 days in the refrigerator or up to 4 months in the freezer. The pasta should not be added before refrigerating or freezing, but later when the soup is reheated.
Nutrition Facts Table
per 1 serving (510g)
% Daily Value
Servings of Canada's Food Guide1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
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ClaimsThis recipe is :
- Free :
- Added Sugar, Cholesterol, Trans Fat
- Low :
- Saturated Fat
- Source of :
- Calcium, Iron, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc
- Good source of :
- Copper, Niacin, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6
- Excellent source of :
- Fibre, Folacin, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin K
- Diet-related health claims :
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