It's a dark, wet day here in the North of Scotland so perfect weather for a warming bowl of soup. Today's recipe is for Minestrone Soup, it's one I've made for a number of years and originally came from a magazine although I can't remember which one, I've now even lost the piece of paper I had it written on! It's also a brilliant recipe for Slimming World as it has lots of 'speed' veg and protein from the bacon and beans, and is very filling!
Minestrone SoupServes 6-8
Syn Free on Slimming World
Low calorie spray oil
4 bacon medallions, chopped,
2 onions, chopped
1 x 450g pack ready diced carrot & swede mix
100g french/green beans cut into short lengths
250g brussels sprouts or savoy cabbage, shredded
2 medium potatoes, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp dried basil
2 tbsp tomato puree
2 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
1.2 litres ham stock
50g spaghetti broken into short lengths
2 x 420g can baked beans in tomato sauce
salt, pepper and artificial sweetener to taste
Heat the spray oil in a large pan and add the bacon and onion. Cook for around 5 mins until the onions are starting to soften and the bacon is beginning to brown. Add the carrot & swede, french beans, brussels sprouts or cabbage, potatoes and garlic and cook for another 5 mins stilling frequently. Add the basil, tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 mins until the vegetables are tender. Add the spaghetti and baked beans and continue to cook for another 10-15 mins until the pasta is cooked. Season to taste with salt, pepper and a little artificial sweetener to take the sharpness off all the tomatoes.
This keeps in the fridge for a few days, and also freezes well, and is great for a lunchtime meal. I've just had 2 bowls of it!!!