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Italian Minestrone Soup

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Sonia cooks a delicious and hearty minestrone soup, a healthy dish that you can personalize with your favourite vegetables!
Ingredients
  Leek 150 Gram, chop
  Cauliflower florets 150 Gram
  Celery stalks 2 Medium
  Carrots 2 Medium, dice
  Onion 1 Medium, dice
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm)
  Tomatoes 300 Gram, cubed
  Zucchini 2 Medium, cubed
  Potatoes 2 Medium, cubed
  Frozen peas 200 Gram
  Pinto beans 200 Gram, drained
  Pumpkin 200 Gram, cubed
  Parsley bunch 1 Bunch (100 gm), chopped finely
  Basil bunch 1 Bunch (100 gm), chopped finely
  Parmesan cheese 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Smoked bacon 40 Gram
  Olive oil To Taste
  Salt and pepper To Taste
  Water 300 Milliliter
Directions

MAKING
1. Start making a mirepoix: take a pot, large enough to hold all the vegetables, heat a little oil, then add the carrot, celery, onion and the garlic, that have been finely diced, When the mirepoix is lightly browned, add the whole piece of bacon the flavour of vegetables is enhanced by bacon fat.
2. In the meantime, prepare the other vegetables - cut the tomatoes into cubes removing the inner seeds, do the same with the pumpkin, the potatoes and the zucchini, chop the leek and cut the cauliflower into small florets, beans and frozen peas and keep it aside.
3. Once the bacon is browned, add the vegetables: pumpkin, potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, leek, cauliflower, beans, and peas add enough cold water to cover all the vegetables.
4. When the water comes to a boil, add salt & Parmesan rinds. Let the vegetables simmer gently until cooked.
5. Once the vegetables are cooked turn off the heat, add the chopped parsley, basil, salt and pepper to taste and, finally, drizzle a little oil. The minestrone soup is ready.

SERVING
6. Serve the minestrone soup with toasted bread slices and grated parmesan cheese on the side.

TIPS
You can use any vegetable you like, or include the vegetables in season.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Soup
Preparation Time: 
20 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes
Servings: 
8
Story
Look at the amazing colours of my vegetables... yes, I know, it will take some time to wash and clean them, but it will be worth it, because I'll make a delicious and hearty minestrone soup, with a few tips of mine. Would you like to know how? We'll cook it together!

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