Minestrone Soup

In the southern hemisphere, things are cooling down for Winter.

And so I will post a couple of soups this week.

These soups are low in fat and carbs and make excellent lunches for those watching their weight!

That includes me, because I have been eating altogether too many puddings lately. It’s just not good. I blame the weather.

So this soup is a home recipe that ensures a hearty, flavoursome soup.

Minestrone Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

(all ingredients should be chopped into small pieces)

smoked ribs, about a third of a rack or less (or bacon bones)

1 onion

1 or 2 garlic cloves

1 carrot

1 stick celery

handful of green beans

mixed veges (I use zuchinni, corn, sometimes mushrooms…whatever you like really)

tin of cannelini beans

tin of chickpeas

tin of chopped tomatoes

1/2 cup of pearl barley

carton of beef stock (at least 4 cups)

Method:

Saute the onion, garlic and celery in some olive oil.

Add the rest of the veges and fry off for a minute or so (this ensures a rich colour and flavour)

Then add the rest of the ingredients

Bring to the boil and then simmer for about half an hour (or longer is fine)

Serve with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.

Notes on the recipe

Ok, so you don’t have to use any meat bones if you don’t want, but this does give body and flavour.

Don’t use too many ribs or it will be too salty.

You can also throw in a Parmesan rind.

If you don’t have tomatoes you can use some tomato paste instead.

You can add pasta or rice or potatoes, but this adds carbs. So do those things perhaps if it’s for dinner.

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