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Gennaro Contaldo’s Hearty Minestrone Soup

minestrone soup

The weather has fooled us again with a chilly spell but a good hearty minestrone soup will see us through it. There’s nothing better than a bowl full of lovely vegetables. It’s the kind of soup that while cooking, fills the room with a smell that makes you hungry. Would you say no to a big bowl of minestrone soup? I know I wouldn’t!

For this Italian recipe, there is only one chef to show us how it’s made and that’s Gennaro Contaldo. His passion for food is totally obvious and shows in every recipe he makes.

His minestrone soup recipe has 12 different vegetables in it. He lists them in the video but you can find the full list below. I love this as it’s really simple to make. You need just one pot and if you have a pressure cooker or a slow cooker then it becomes even easier to make. Throw all the ingredients in and wait for it cook through. Simple as that!

Most of the vegetables are available right now, some may be more difficult to get, for example the Borlotti beans. However, the art of cooking is taking a recipe and adapting it to what you actually have available.

What you need for Gennaro’s minestrone soup

  • Peas
  • Borlotti beans
  • Broad beans
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Courgettes
  • Leek
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Pumkin
  • Carrot
  • Cabbage
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Basil
  • Vegetable stock
  • Olive oil



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