Simple minestrone

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Simple minestrone, originally uploaded by yongtze.

Very comfortable and satisfying food and it’s a meal on its own. Traditionally, minestrone was simmered for long hours; however, you can cut down the cooking time, like this simple version. I made this completely vegetarians. However, pancetta or bacon can be added if you like.

serves 4-6
– 3 cloves garlic, chopped
– 2 carrots, chopped
– 1 potato, chopped
– 2 onions, chopped
– 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped (plus extra for sprinkling)
– 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, chopped
– 1/2 small Savoy cabbage
– 3/4 cup short-grain rice traditionally (long grain rice is fine too, for me)
– 1/2 cup of broken spaghetti or small shell pasta
– salt and black pepper
– olive oil
– 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. In a large saucepan, add 3-4 tablespoons olive oil, add onions, potato, carrots, garlic, herbs to cook over high heat, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes until the vegetables are softened.

2. Pour about 3 liters of boiling water, cover and simmer over low heat for about 25 minutes. Chop the cabbage in 1cm strips and add to the saucepan. Cook for another 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Add the rice and pasta, bring it to boil and lower the heat to simmer for another 15 minutes. Check the seasoning again and it is ready.

4. Sprinkle some chopped parsley. And serve with Parmesan passed separately.

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