Minestrone Soup :)

We had minestrone soup for dinner last night. We as in Adam and Me. :P Aiman? He was fast asleep after a plateful of rice earlier on. Pure genes of Kedah Darul Aman, must have rice everyday. Hihi...

Just as the name implies, Minestrone means "the big soup" :) And tho it is known as soup but this is one of the fulfilling foods with lots of healthy veggies inside. To me, this is just a perfect dish for everyone, especially in this rainy weather and monsoon season. Owh, by the way, my husband is not in town, that is why I'm changing my cooking mode into Western-Italian for this whole one week. :P Kalau tak, kena makan nasi. Hehehe...

Except that, I think the book lies about 1.5-hour preparation time because it took me a solid 30 minutes just to cut the veggies into cubes and to prepare other stuff and later to cook it for 1.5 hour with occasional stirring. Not a kind of "cook at 7, dinner at 8" menu but it was worth it, considering how healthy it is and that sort of neutralize all the unhealthy foods that I had over the last weekend :P Or maybe I'm a bit slow when it comes to kitchen works. ^___^ So shut up and stop blaming the book. 

Anyway, here the easy peasy recipe that is definitely worth trying. Toddler suka la nih, boleh makan dengan shell pasta.
Ingredients:
Olive Oil
Onions - chopped (as tolerated to your taste-bud)
2 Cloves Garlic - chopped
2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
1/2 Tsp Italian Herbs
Carrots - diced
Potatoes - diced
Celery Sticks- sliced
Cannellini Beans (found one in Cold Storage, walaupun hanya beans, yet the other ingredients I tak faham and menimbulkan keraguan, so I decided to omit this from my recipe)
Spinach
Tomatoes - diced
Chicken Broth
Linguine - broken small 
Grated Parmesan

Actually boleh add frozen peas, zucchini, lentils or broccoli spears, ikutlah apa yang ada dalam fridge kan. :)

Steps:
[1] Heat olive oil in large sauce pot (medium-high heat)
[2] Add onions, stir until softened but not golden brown. Add Italian herbs, carrots, potatoes, celery and tomatoes and stir for another 2 minutes.
[3] Add chicken broth and tomato paste and bring to boil. 
[4] Reduce heat to low boil, cover sauce pot and leave to cook. 
[5] Add linguine (small pieces), cook until softened and add spinach.
[6] Cook uncovered until soup is thickened a bit (stirring occasionally)
[7] Serve best with grated cheese and crusty bread. 


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