Naomi’s take on Mums minestrone

I’m obviously on an Italian roll this week, can’t help it, it’s my most favourite place on earth and I do so love the food. I’ve never actually had an authentic minestrone soup, only my mums version which was much loved in our house growing up. She is that thoughtful kind of mum who would make up a big flask of minestrone when me and my brother would go swimming in the freezing Atlantic Ocean. There she would be, with a big towel ready and a cup of tasty soup to warm your shivering body…perfect!

Naomi’s minestrone
Olive oil
1 onion finely diced
1 celery stick finely diced
3 carrots peeled and diced
200g of smokey bacon cut into squares
2 garlic cloves minced
400g tin chopped tomatoes
500g passata
2 tbsp tomato purée
1L chicken stock and extra water(according to taste)
2 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp rosemary
150g kale chopped up small
1 small courgette diced
1 pepper diced
60g linguine broken into 2 in pieces

In a large stock pan heat your olive oil and add your onion, celery and carrot. Soften for 5 or so minutes. Add your bacon and garlic and brown. Add the tin tomatoes, passata, purée, chicken stock and an extra 200-300ml of water depending on how rich you like it. Throw in the herbs and kale. Bring to the boil and turn down to a simmer. After about 10 minutes add the linguine, chopped pepper and courgette. Cook for 15 minutes longer or until every thing is cooked. Serve with crusty bread or in a flask for those autumn days out.


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