One Pot – 3 Options – Vegetarian, Non Vegetarian and Pasta
Italian minestrone that has been tweaked into a bowl of deliciousness!
I don’t think that there’s anything that compares to a bowl of vegetable soup in the winter months and especially when you need some soul food.
Each time the winter months came round and my children had a sniffle or two I would arrive home with a bag full of vegetables and after a good bowl of well seasoned minestrone they would look and feel better (even if they still sniffled and coughed the next day) but they would feel better and that’s the thing about soul food it has a special way of making you feel better.
In this recipe I have made 1 pot of minestrone and divided it into 3 pots; meat, no meat and a pasta minestrone.
Minestrone is really a pot of goodness filled with fresh vegetables, seasonings, fresh herbs and spices and a whole lot of love, how can you go wrong? You simply cannot.
Recipes are a such a creative outlet!
In one of my previous posts I mentioned how difficult it is for me to follow a recipe because I have never really used recipes, I am a strong go with you gut kind of woman it never lets you down and it doesn’t really hence why I am always writing about tweaking recipes and tailoring them to suit you, your family and your taste as well as what you have on hand.
Heat the onions, garlic and fresh chili and then follow with the sliced carrots and celery.
Don’t let the number of ingredients scare you, its all just add, add and add.
Prepare all the vegetables before you start anything else, it makes the entire process more enjoyable. So cut, chop, slice and clean. Prepare.
If you making the meat version, grill and cut up the meat as well. Get everything ready before you heat the stove.
Now heat the stove and start your pot of soul food!
Follow the step by step method of the recipe or tweak your own to tailor your own taste.
3 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion4 garlic cloves1 fresh chili2 celery stalks2 carrots2 cans chopped tomatoes2 cans chickpeas (leave a few for garnish)1 can cannelloni beans1 cup zucchini1 cup green beans5 cups stock/water (or half & half)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon oregano Salt to taste3/4 cup Tortellini Pasta
1/2 cup tomato passata
1 cup of chopped bacon or Italian Pancetta2 pork chops (grilled and cut into cubes)
1 cup of grilled bacon pieces5 to 6 cups of water/stockDressing - Parmesan, fresh herbs, roasted chickpeas & a drizzle of olive oil.
Minestrone Soup Recipe Meatless and With Meat Options
My husbands Italian minestrone that I have tweaked over the years and combined it with my so called vegetable soup and together we have real soul food!
- 3 Tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons of butter
- 1 large onion
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1 fresh chili
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 carrots
- 2 cans chopped tomatoes
- 2 cans chickpeas
- 1 can of cannellini beans
- 1 Cup of Zucchini
- 1 Cup of Green Beans
- Tortellini (homemade or store bought)
- 5 Cups of Water
- Bunch of Italian Parsley
- Freshly grated Parmesan
- Italian Seasoning
- Pinch of dried Thyme
- Pinch of Dried Oregano
- Salt to taste
- 1 Can Tomato Paste
- 1 Packet of Bacon (any kind) or Italian Pancetta
- 2 Pork Chops
- 5-6 cups of water or stock
- Step 1 Prepare all the vegetables by chopping/slicing the onions, carrots, celery, green beans and zucchini.
- Step 2 Heat the oil and cook the onions
- Step 3 Add the sliced carrots
- Step 4 Add the celery
- Step 5 Add 2 cups of water (or stock)
- Step 6 Let it cook for a few minutes
- Step 7 Add the green beans
- Step 8 Add the zuchinni
- Step 9 Add the rest of the water/stock
- Step 10 Add the tomato
- Step 11 Add the chickpeas
- Step 12 Add the cannelloni beans
- Step 13 Add a handful of chopped Italian parsley
- Step 14 Add the seasonings
- Step 15 While the soup cooks on medium heat, season and grill the meat in the oven.
- Step 16 Pour half the soup into another pot
- Step 17 Add another cup of stock/water
- Step 18 Add the pasta
- Step 19 Add the tomato paste
- Step 20 Let everything cook to your liking
- Step 21 Season accordingly and add stock/water where necessary.
- Step 22 Serve with fresh rosemary, grilled chickpeas, cheese and a drop of olive oil.
Add the grilled meat into one pot for the meat dish 5 minutes or so before you turn off the heat.
Add the pasta into the one pot approximately 10 minutes before you turn off the heat (depending how long your pasta will cook) but about 8-10 minutes should do it.
Now essentially you will have the original vegetable minestrone, the meat minestrone and the pasta minestrone.
Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy!
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