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Minestrone is a traditional Italian soup. It is made with a mix of vegetables and a poultry stock. It is quite simple to make, but preparing all the vegetables takes time.
There are doubtless as many minestrone recipes as there are Italian cooks, but here is my version.
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Last modified on: May 29th 2011

For 6 people, you will need:

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2 hours 19 min.1 hour 11 min.3 hours 30 min.
Several days in the fridge
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Stage 1
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The day before, put 200 g white haricot beans to soak overnight if you are using dried beans. For fresh ones this isn't necessary.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
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Shell 200 g peas, or use frozen ones.

Stage 3 - 10 min.
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Peel, wash and chop 4 spring onions (scallions).

Stage 4 - 20 min.
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Peel 2 tomatoes and cut into quarters.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
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Wash 200 g green beans, cut off the ends and cut into pieces.

Stage 6 - 29 min.
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Prepare 2 courgettes in small pieces.

Stage 7 - 40 min.
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Peel and wash 2 carrots, 2 turnips and 2 potatoes, cut into small pieces.

Stage 8 - 20 min.
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Peel and boil 200 g green asparagus in salted water until just tender, but still with some crunch.

Stage 9 - 20 min.
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Throw away the water that the beans have soaked in and replace with salted water, Boil until they are cooked but still slightly firm.


Stage 10 - 1 min.
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Pour 6 tablespoons olive oil into a large pan over medium heat. When hot, add the chopped onions, salt, pepper and cook while stirring for 1 minute.

Add the turnips, carrots and potatoes. Stir to mix well.

Stage 11 - 5 min.
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Add the courgettes, haricot beans, green beans and asparagus. Stir to mix well and cook together for 5 minutes, stirring from time to time.

This preliminary cooking of the vegetables in oil is important to add flavour to the minestrone.

Stage 12 - 35 min.
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Moisten with 2 litres water and add 2 chicken stock cubes.

Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and leave to simmer gently until all the vegetables are well cooked.

Stage 13 - 10 min.
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Then add the tomatoes, check seasoning and leave to cook for a further 10 minutes.

Stage 14
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Serve hot on its own, or accompanied by slices of toasted bread spread with pesto, or a little grated Parmesan.


Ideally a minestrone should include at least 5 vegetables, but they can be any you choose, so you can vary this recipe in both ingredients and proportions.
You can also add a cupful of rice along with the vegetables. There are those who consider that this should replace the haricot beans, but I think it's good with both.

Minestrone is even better reheated the following day.

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% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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