Minestrone soup

minestrone soup

Serves 8

1 litre beef stock ( Make your own https://eloiseemmett.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/stocks/)
2 onions
2 cloves garlic
3 medium carrots
2 stalks celery
tablespoon basil
teaspoon oregano
2 rashers bacon
400 grams tomato
400 grams cooked kidney or cannellini beans
200 grams small pasta
salt and cracked pepper

Heat a large pot on the stove with a dash of olive oil, add the peeled and finely diced onion, crushed garlic and finely diced bacon, celery and carrots and sauté for about 3 minutes or until soft. Add the herbs tomato and stock and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the pasta until cooked (add any other vegies you might like to here, peas, green beans, corn) and add the cooked beans and season with salt and pepper.

Serve topped with a little parmesan with some garlic pizza bread

Like this recipe? Find more in my first cookbook The Real Food for Kids Cookbook. When you cook this please let me know how you go with it and share it with your friends!


Maggie and Stephanies cooking Tutorial- Pasta making

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I have just uploaded the first of a few cooking tutorials for pasta making to go alongside my cookbook, The Real Food for kids cookbook. I know I learn things heaps easier by watching rather than reading instructions! Being my first the filming is dodgy and the editing worse so be kind! and the directions got a little lost when I had had enough and just put most of it in fast forward… sorry. But the girls are cute!!


Pasta Making

100 grams flour to 1 egg
step one Mix well
step 2 Knead
step 3 Knead through the pasta maker by folding in thirds and rolling through the largest opening (you can skip this kneading if you have made the dough in the thermomix or mixer), flouring lightly in between each roll
step 4 roll out from the largest opening until the smallest, my machine is 0 and I stop at 6 for fettuchini and lasagne sheets