Broccoli soup

Posted on September 11, 2009. Filed under: pasta, Starter | Tags: , , |

Italian cooking has all kinds of soups, “Minestra” being one of the kinds. Minestra soups start with a light broth to which pasta or vegetables are added to give depth and a subtle flavour.
Crisp, crunchy vegetables, lightly thickened with pasta is what makes this soup delicious!
This soup is an ideal first course, a prelude to a heartier main cou

Cooking time : 12 mins.
Preparation time : 10 mins.

Serves 3 to 4.

1 cup broccoli, cut into small florets
1/2 cup onion, thinly sliced
1 large clove garlic, chopped
1/2 cup carrots, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped celery
1 tablespoon alphabet pasta or stellini (or any small pasta)
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, page…, soaked and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
For serving
4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese or processed cheese
1. Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the onion, garlic, carrots and celery and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Add the broccoli, pasta, salt and 2 1/2 cups of hot water and simmer till the pasta has cooked (approx. 5 to 7 minutes).
3. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and pepper and mix well.
4. Serve hot with the parmesan cheese.

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