Garlicky minestrone soup

    1 hour 35 min

    A delicious soup that's dead easy to make. Carrots, celery, cabbage, tomatoes and macaroni, are simmered together in a chicken stock. Garlic is added at the end of the cooking time. Feel free to play around with the vegetables in this dish, use whatever you have at hand. Serve with fresh crusty bread.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 carrots, chopped
    • 2 sticks celery, chopped
    • 1/4 medium head cabbage, finely chopped
    • 1.5 litres chicken stock
    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
    • 850ml water
    • 100g macaroni
    • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Saute the carrots, celery and cabbage in the oil for about 8 minutes, stirring well.
    2. Raise heat to high and pour in the stock, tomatoes and water. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
    3. Remove lid, stir in macaroni and heat for 5 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Remove from heat and stir in the garlic and ground black pepper.

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    This was a bit bland for us. I added a bay leaf, an onion, frozen cut okra, and some browned hamburger meat, but beef broth instead of chicken broth might have helped.  -  28 Mar 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This turned out really good, but as usual, I had to change a few things! I didn't have any cabbage, so that was out, but instead I added an onion and some mushrooms. I also did not have any fresh garlic, so I added almost a teaspoon of garlic powder, and it was fine. I used 1/2 chicken and 1/2 vegetable broth, and cut the water down to two and a half cups. I added basil and oregano, and fresh parsely, too. It all turned out really tasty, but I think it would have been bland without my additions. Thanks!  -  02 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Great recipe. I used vegetable broth in place of chicken, brown rice in place of the pasta and added a squirt or two of Bragg's at the end with the garlic. I'll make this again and again with various additions. Oh, I also completely left out the water and opted for an extra cup of broth.  -  21 Mar 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)