This delicious Minestrone Soup combines hearty stock, tomatoes, succulent vegetables, beans, and pasta to create an unbeatable flavor that will entice everyone’s taste buds. This classic dish is not only incredibly easy to make, but it also yields eight generous servings so everyone can have their fill. The recipe calls for two tablespoons of olive oil, one large onion, six cloves of garlic, four medium carrots, two stalks of celery, two teaspoons of dried oregano, two cans of diced tomatoes, six to eight cups of chicken stock, four medium potatoes, one can of cannellini beans, one to two cups of cooked pasta, salt and pepper to taste, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese to top it all off.
- To begin, heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and add the onion.
- Cook until tender and translucent, approximately five minutes; then, add the garlic and cook for one minute.
- Next, add the carrots and celery, and cook until they begin to soften, typically around five minutes.
- Stir in the oregano, followed by the tomatoes, chicken stock, and potatoes and bring everything to a boil over high heat.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for twenty to thirty minutes, or until the vegetables turn tender.
- At this point, add the beans, cooked pasta, and heat everything through.
- Finally, season with salt and pepper to bring out the best flavor in the soup.
- The soup should be quite thick, but if you prefer a thinner consistency, simply add more chicken stock.
- Reheat the soup before serving and ladle it into bowls; then, tops off with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What combination of flavors will I find in this soup?
A. This Minestrone Soup has the classic Italian flavors of olive oil, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, oregano, tomatoes, stock and potatoes. In addition, cannellini beans are added for a bit of protein and texture, while cooked pasta creates the perfect al dente texture.
Q. How long should I cook the soup for?
A. The soup needs to simmer for 20-30 minutes over medium-low heat or until the vegetables are tender. This allows the flavors of the ingredients to blend together, creating a thicker and more hearty soup.
Q. Can I adjust the flavors of the soup?
A. Absolutely. Adding more or less of certain ingredients, such as stock, tomatoes, oregano, and beans, will allow you to adjust the flavor to your own taste.