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!

celery, cabbage and cauliflower soup


This soup got its lovely creamy texture from the addition of the 2 tablespoons of rice- a little trick I picked up from fast ed on better homes and gardens, I thought I should try it and it worked well! It would be a good way for gluten intolerant/allergic people to make nice thick soups without flour or people watching there fat intake to have a nice creamy soup without too much or any cream.

I have served it here with a gluten free loaf of bread- cindys recipe from the “Thermomix everyday cookbook”, which was made by milling brown rice, white rice, chickpeas amongst other ingredients and it was a delicious loaf, quite easy to make and very economical in cost in comparison to other gluten free loaves. I cant say I have tried to many other loaves of gluten free bread, but I have try a few and this has turned out to be far superior in flavour and texture than any of the other gluten free loaves that I have tried. Now don’t imagine a fluffy soft white loaf like you get from the bakery it is still a dense cakey type loaf but a lot lighter than some of the “brick’ type gluten free loaves available. I will make this for my family regularly as it was very enjoyable and will give our bodies a bit of a break from wheat every now and then.

And also pictured I also made the herb and garlic pull apart from the “Thermomix everyday cookbook”. With my homemade butter (directions are also in the everyday cookbook) and fresh herbs from my garden- dill, thyme, sage, rosemary, chives and parsley

1 onion
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons white rice
200 grams cabbage
2 sticks celery
1/4 small cauliflower
1 teaspoon TM stock paste
600 ml water
pinch salt and pepper
teaspoon tarragon leaves

TM peel onion and garlic and put in mixing bowl, chop 3 seconds speed 4, scrape down sides and cook 100C/2minutes/speed 1
and roughly chopped cabbage, celery and cauliflower, rice, stock, water and tarragon and a pinch of salt and pepper
Cook 100 C/ 17 minutes/ speed 1.puree speed 8/1 minute

stove top
peel and dice onion and garlic. sauté in a heavy based pot, roughly chop cabbage celery and cauliflower and add. add rice, stock, water and tarragon bring to boil. simmer for about 20 minutes and puree in the food processor. season with salt and pepper