Sunday, February 21, 2010

What's for Dinner? Jamie's Minestrone

Minestrone!!! Mmmm! The almighty Italian vegetable soup. I derived this soup from one of my favourite cookbooks - Jamie's Italy. The wonderful thing about Minestrone is that it uses up just about every vegetable in your fridge that is on the edge of spoiling. Better yet - you know those old bags of crushed pasta that sit at the bottom of your pantry? Throw those in too! It's an Italian party in a pot, and everyone's invited, even the zucchini!
There are three rules to a good minestrone:
1. Use good broth - meat or vegetable base with a splash of red wine and light seasoning
2. The Soffritto - (garlic, onions, celery, carrots, fennel) don't fry it in 5 minutes, gently sweat them for over 20 minutes
3. Use seasonal ingredients! It will taste better and you're doing the earth a favour!

At the end, toss on a tablespoon or so of good Parmesan and enjoy! Mange!

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