- Servings: 3-4
- Prep Time: 15m
- Cook Time: 1m
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- •3 ⅛ c. cauliflower
- •1 large tomato
- •1 large potato
- •⅔ c. green beans
- •1 small zucchini
- •1 onion
- •1 small carrot
- •Cooking oil
- •1-2 cloves of garlic
- •2 bay leaves
- •Salt and pepper to taste
What vegetables can minestrone be made from?
For minestrone, you will definitely need onions, carrots and garlic.
In the winter, you can add cabbage, several beets, frozen broccoli, cauliflower and green beans to the soup. In summer and early autumn, zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, tomatoes, green peas and pumpkin are suitable for the minestrone.
For herbs, spinach, parsley, rosemary, basil and thyme are most often used. Potatoes, legumes (such as beans, chickpeas and lentils), pasta, rice and even pearl barley will make the soup rich.
How should I store this soup?
Minestrone is stored in the refrigerator in a container with a tight-fitting lid for no more than 3 days. Like many Italian soups, it acquires its most intense taste by the second day. If desired, you can extend its shelf life by freezing.
Minestrone is a traditional Italian seasonal vegetable soup. Therefore, the taste and appearance will depend on where and when the dish is prepared. But there are common points that make this soup so fragrant and satisfying.
Peel carrots, potatoes, onions and zucchini. Grate the carrots and dice the remaining vegetables. The rest of the vegetables I used were frozen.
Now all the ingredients are prepared, and you can proceed to the main stage. In a nonstick pan with high sides, fry carrots and onions in vegetable oil for 7-8 minutes, stirring frequently.
Pass the garlic through a press. Without turning off the heat, add the crushed garlic and pour in a small amount of water (about 3 ⅓ T.) and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes.
The next ingredients that go into the pot are green beans, potatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, salt and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, fill the pot with water and cover. Cook the minestrone over moderate heat for about 30 minutes. If you prefer more liquid soups, then add more boiling water to it.
Before serving, you can sprinkle the soup with finely chopped greens.