I think we can officially admit that it’s Winter. Cape Town took a while to get its act together this year, drawing out Summer for months after it should have ended. Winter made its entrance though, in the form in the “Storm of Cape Town”, which was hyped up so phenomenally, it had no choice but to be slightly disappointing. Nonetheless! A storm calls for soup and that is exactly what I made.
Minestrone soup is a perfect hearty meal that will warm the coldest cockles of your heart. It is the embodiment of comfort. Picture rain slashing against windows, casting the perfect contrast to the cozy indoors. You’re wearing thick, warm socks, an oversized jersey and sweat pants. Your hands are cupped around a warm bowl of soup.
Also this recipe will really refine your chopping skills. Give it a try on that reason alone?
I don’t know what more I need to say to convince you so I’m just going to dive right in.
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 2 sticks of celery, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- A glug of olive oil
- 3 zucchini, chopped (we had a surplus of zucchini in the fridge so I whacked it into the soup, another beautiful feature of soup)
- A tin of chopped tomatoes
- A litre of boiling water with a vegetable stock cube dissolved within it
- A cup of pasta of your choice! Checkers had a sale on pasta shaped like looney tunes characters so I cashed in on that as you’d expect.
- Salt and pepper
- Put your biggest pot on the stove and whack the heat up to its highest option.
- Add the carrots, celery, onion and olive oil and mix it around in the bottom of the pot until the onion becomes slightly translucent and the other veggies are softened.
- Add the other chopped veg, ie the zucchini, but you could also add chopped potato, butternut, or peppers.
- Throw in your tin of chopped tomatoes, and your stock (boiling water + stock cube = stock), and turn down the heat to medium heat.
- Let it simmer for about 20 minutes
- Add the pasta, and leave it to simmer until the it is cooked through.
- It is ready to serve! My serving suggestion includes a slice of toasted bread, spread with butter.
- Enjoy, and keep warm!