Minestrone soup

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

Minestrone soup is the ideal way to start a hearty meal; alternatively it’s so jam-packed with the goodness of vegetables that it could even serve as a whole meal by itself!

Preparation Time : 15 mins.
Cooking Time : 15 mins.

Serves 4.

½ cup shredded cabbage
4 tablespoons chopped celery
½ cup boiled macaroni or any small pasta
½ cup cooked rajma (red kidney beans)
¼ cup boiled green peas
½ cup chopped tomatoes
¼ cup boiled green peas
2 tablespoons oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
For the stock
2 tablespoons green moong dal (split green gram)
3 large tomatoes cut into big pieces
Salt to taste
For the garnish
4 tablespoons grated vegetarian cheese
For the stock
1. Wash the moong dal and add the tomatoes to it.
2. Add 5 cups of water and pressure cook for 1 whistle.
3. When cooked, blend to a puree, strain and keep aside.
How to proceed
1. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the cabbage and celery and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes
2. Add the stock, green peas, tomatoes, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.
3. Add the macaroni, rajma, peas and tomatoes and simmer for some time.
4. Serve hot garnished with cheese.
For a sweeter taste, 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce could be added to the soup at step 3.

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