Minestrone soup is an Italian-style dish comprised of different types of vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots and beans. Many people love it because of its fine taste, enticing flavor and healthy ingredients. More importantly, this homemade dish is easy to prepare, cheap and very simple. Here is a quick look at the traditional way of preparing delicious minestrone soup recipe.
When preparing this dish, you need to have all the right ingredients and materials to make the cooking process easier. The ingredients for this recipe include ½-cup grated Italian cheese, a cup of cooked pasta as well as a couple of bay leaves. Likewise, you also need a tablespoon of parsley, a teaspoon of oregano and ½-teaspoon minced garlic. In addition, bring in 4-pieces of carrots, ¼ shredded head cabbage and 3-pieces of onions. Furthermore, you must also have three stalks of celery, 2-quarts chicken and a can of beans. Before you start, do not forget to shred the cabbage, slice the onions as well as drain and rinse the beans.
Turn the stove on to medium-high heat. After that, get a large soup pot. Place the bay leaves, parsley and oregano inside it. Likewise, add the carrots, cabbage and onions. Mix in the celery and stock as well. Stir thoroughly in order to distribute the ingredients evenly all throughout the dish. Add the pasta and wait for it to cook slowly. If necessary, add more liquid to ensure that there is plenty of soup. When the pasta is tender, add the beans. Season it with a pinch or two pepper and salt. Before serving, it is good to add cheese for a richer taste and flavor. Serve and enjoy.
There is another way of cooking minestrone soup. The ingredients for this alternative recipe include 5-pieces of cooked hamburger patties, 1½-pound Italian hot spicy sausage and 1½-pound Italian mild sausage. At the same time, you must bring in a pack of 680ml tomato sauce, a liter of beef stock and 10-cups water. You must also have 2-cans of 10-ounce mushrooms, 38-ounces of red kidney beans and a pack of 13-ounce tomato paste. Likewise, prepare 2-pieces of large carrots, a piece of large zucchini and a 12-ounce can of corn. Other important ingredients include ¼-teaspoon pepper, 2-tablespoons of fresh garlic, ½-head green cabbage, ½-cup grated parmesan cheese, 2½-cups fusilli pasta, 2-tablespoons fresh sweet basil and a teaspoon of salt.
Put oil in a saucepan. Turn the stove on to medium heat. Cook the sausage. After that, add all the other ingredients. Cook the dish slowly for up to 1½-hours. Serve in nice clean bowls and enjoy.