Minestra

    1 hour 40 min

    A vegetarian version of minestrone, bursting with flavour and healthiness. Goes great with crusty Italian bread.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 5 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 red onions, chopped
    • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 55g butter
    • 680g new potatoes, diced
    • 4 carrots, chopped
    • 2 (400g) tins chopped tomatoes
    • 1.8L strong vegetable stock
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
    • 115g wholewheat macaroni
    • 170g petit pois
    • 2 tins of Heinz baked beans
    • salt and black pepper

    Method
    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Ready in:1hr40min 

    1. Fry the onion and garlic with the butter in a large saucepan and fry for 5 minutes. Add potatoes and carrots, and cook for a further 5 minutes.
    2. Add the tomatoes, stock, and herbs, simmer for 25 minutes or until all the vegetables are just tender.
    3. Add the macaroni and cook for 20 minutes or untill softened. Now add the petit pois and cook for 10 minutes.
    4. Finally add the baked beans (I suggested Heinz baked beans because it isn't too sweet, but any other not-too-sweet baked beans will do) and cook for 5 minutes and serve, topped with Parmesan (or Cheddar) and chopped parsley.
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