When Meeta of What's For Lunch Honey announced her Monthly Mingle for January was Comfort Foods,
I knew what i was going to send her. It would be SOUP. Now I just had to decide which soup.
Every lunch time we have soup. it doesn't matter if it is cold or warm weather, there will be always soup before the main meals. Aparently it is something my MIL tradition. She always served soup before the main meal and after getting married I too started doing it for lunch time.
That doesn't mean I am making fresh soup every day. When I make Soup I make them in big quantities and I freeze them in portions. Or I make fresh soup for three days and put it in a tupperware and keep for three days in the fridge.
Few times I have mentioned that mt daughter is a difficult eater when it comes to vegetables. The only vegetable she eats are peas and carrots
But when I make minestrone soup she eats the whole bowl, and come on the bowl is full of different kind of vegetables. But she remarks they don't taste bad in this soup........ that is kids for you!
Soup any one????
2 onions cut fine.
2 celery sticks cut fine
2 leeks cut fine100 gm bacon sliced ( vegetarians can omitt this)1 bouquet garni ( parsley, bayleaf and rosemarin tied together)
400 gm Canned chopped tomatoes. ( you can always use fresh in the season)150 gm each Potato, carrots, zucchini, cut in small squares
100 gm beans cut fine
100 gm white beans ( i use tin beanw in tomatoe sauce)
100 gm peas used tin ones
100 gm very small shaped pasta
3 litre vegetable broth.
1 garlic clove cut fine
1 tsp dried basil1tsp mixed Italian herbs
Few tbsp parsley
Peper and salt to taste
Few tbsp olive oil.
Heat the oil in a large pan.Add the onions , leeks, celery, carrots, potato, zuchinni and the bacon ( if using) and fry till they are soft.Now add the tomatoes, garlic, beans, peas and the broth.
Add the herbs and the bouquet garni , stir well.Cook for 30 minutes or till the vegetables are cooked. Now add the tinned peas and white beans and the small pasta .
Cook till the pasta is done.
I add sometimes a tbsp of concentrated tomato paste together with the tin tomatoes