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Vegetarian minestrone recipe

This slow-cooker vegetarian minestrone will be on high rotation throughout the cooler months and is perfect for lunch or dinner.

20m prep
6h 45m cook
6 servings

16 Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 red onion, finely chopped

  • 3 celery sticks, finely chopped

  • 3 carrots, peeled, finely chopped

  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed, core removed, finely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 2.5L (10 cups) Massel vegetable liquid stock

  • Mutti Polpa Finely Chopped Tomatoes 400g

  • 400g can borlotti beans, rinsed, drained

  • 1 parmesan rind, (or vegetarian hard cheese) (optional)

  • 145g (1 cup) small dried macaroni

  • 160g (4 cups) Coles Chopped Kale

  • Basil pesto, to serve

  • Fresh purple basil leaves, to serve

  • Finely grated parmesan (or vegetarian hard cheese), to serve

  • Bread, to serve

3 Method / Steps

Step 1

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot and fennel and cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and lightly golden. Add garlic. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic. Transfer to a 6L slow cooker. Stir in stock, tomato, beans and parmesan rind (or vegetarian hard cheese), if using. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours.

Step 2

Add pasta to the slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover. Cook for a further 30 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Remove the parmesan rind (or vegetarian hard cheese). Stir in 2 cups of the chopped kale leaves.

Step 3

Divide the soup among serving bowls. Top with a few dollops of pesto and sprinkle with the basil, grated parmesan (or vegetarian hard cheese) and the remaining 2 cups of chopped kale. Serve with bread

source – cooking365coza

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