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About this recipe: This minestrone makes the most of winter vegetables, and is full of vitamin goodness. Beans and pasta make it even more nourishing. Serve with chunks of fresh country-style bread for a satisfying meal.
Butternut squash or any other type of squash can be used instead of the pumpkin. * Add 100 g (3½ oz) rinded and chopped lean smoked back bacon with the onion and garlic in step 1. Alternatively, crisp-fried Parma ham can be sprinkled over the soup when serving.
Beans and pulses are an excellent source of soluble fibre. Unfortunately they can produce unpleasant side effects such as wind and bloating. To prevent this, be sure to cook them thoroughly – undercooked beans are difficult to digest and thus more likely to cause wind. * Pasta scores healthily low on the Glycaemic Index, which means that it breaks down slowly into glucose and glycogen in the body, providing long-lasting energy.
A, C, folate * B1, B6, B12, E, niacin