Friday, 20 July 2012

Garden Minestrone Soup (without the pasta) GF SCD

Minestrone Soup without pasta

This is such an easy quick soup to make and to be honest I don't miss the pasta. Full of plant based goodness, a warming bowl of this chunky Minestrone Soup is just what's needed on a rainy day like today.

Pouring down with rain in West Yorkshire

This has been the view from my kitchen most days this month! 

Garden Minestrone Soup GF SCD

2 medium onions
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 stick celery (optional)
4 medium carrots
1 small head of spring cabbage (collard greens)
400g can/packet organic chopped tomatoes
250g cooked haricot (navy) beans
100g (about a cup) frozen or fresh garden peas
3 tsps dried oregano
2 tsps dried parsley
1 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
600ml (about a pint) stock or water
sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
extra virgin olive oil

  • Finely chop the onions and wash and slice the celery.
  • Peel and slice the carrots.
  • Wash and thinly slice the spring cabbage.
  • Gently heat a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a large pan and add the onions and celery then fry gently for a few minutes until the onions become translucent.
  • Add the crushed garlic and the dried herbs.
  • Cook very gently for a few minutes.
  • Rinse the cooked haricot (navy) beans under cold water.
  • Add the bay leaf, carrots, cabbage, beans and tomatoes to the pan.
  • Pour the stock or water over the vegetables, they should be just covered. 
  • Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  • Bring to the boil then simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add the frozen peas to the pan and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Minestrone Soup

Simmering Minestrone Soup

You can vary the recipe easily for example :
  • add some swede (rutabaga) cut into small cubes 
  • add some organic new potatoes cut into small pieces (not SCD)
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  1. Oh my this looks so good.... I'm a big soup lover but making them in the sumer is kind of banned! LOL But the first soup I do make, hopefully soon, will be this ;) *sending big hugs* Ella

    1. We don't ban soups in Summer but then we don't enjoy your wonderful weather, I hope you don't use it all up before I get there!

  2. I had minestrone from a carton was a low point! This looks infinitely better, and such beautiful photographs too :-)

    I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog, thanks for sharing :-)

    1. Thank you Hannah! It was lovely of you to leave a comment.

  3. Yum! This looks like such a great soup. I will have to wait until it's a little cooler but I will definitely bookmark this one!

  4. Hi Vicky,
    This is a beautiful summer soup that would be delicious with all the fresh vegetables. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Such a simple and delicious looking soup...who needs pasta?!?! Thanks for sharing on HVF!