Minestrone is a thick soup of Italian origin made with vegetables,often with the addition of pasta or rice.It is one of the cornerstones of Italian cuisine,and is almost as common as pasta on Italian tables.
Recipe adapted from Nita Mehta
Olive oil or any oil for cooking- 2tbsp
Onion- 1 chopped finely (1/2 cup)
Garlic- 2 flakes crushed
Potato- 1 small (diced into very small pieces) (1/2 cup)
Carrot- 1 (diced into very small pieces) (1/2 cup)
Celery or green french beans-3-4 tbsp finely chopped
Tomatoes- 3 medium sized( blanched,peeled and chopped finely)
Baked beans or rajma (boiled)- 2-3 tbsp
Macaroni or any other pasta -¼ cup
Seasoning cubes-5 cups stock or 5 cups water mixed with 25 cups stock or 5 cups water mixed with 2 seasoning cubes.
Salt and pepper to taste
1)To blanch the tomatoes,put them in boiling water for 3-4 mts,remove from water and peel them to remove skin.chop them finely,keep aside.
2)Heat oil,add onion and garlic,stir fry till light brown.
3)Add carrots and potatoes and stir fry for a mt.
4)Add macaroni,stir fry for for 1-2 mts.
5)Add celery and tomatoes,cook for 2-3 minutes.
6)Add stock and baked beans.
7)Give one boil.lower heat,cover and cook for 15 minutes,add salt and pepper to taste and mix well.
8)Serve hot garnished with some grated cheese (optional)