Goodstart Waurn Ponds cook Donna Wise has a delicious recipe for minestrone soup.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 large onion, chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
4 rashers bacon, diced
1 large potato, diced
2 x 400g can crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
3.5 litres chicken stock
1 bay leaf
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups of mini pasta shells or macaroni
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large pot and sauté onion, garlic, celery, carrot and bacon for five minutes or until tender. Add potato, tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir well and cook on a medium heat for five minutes. Add bay leaf and 2.5 litres of stock, bring to the boil, add pasta and simmer for 12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Add cannellini beans and salt and pepper to taste. Add remaining one litre of stock.
Instead of cannellini beans, you can try using corn kernels.