Here you have a basic Italian recipe. It is one of the easiest to prepare, whose making often becomes a sort of philosophy. A well done basic minestrone recipe, will give you the chance of having a new dish very dinner. Just substitute the basic ingredients and make your choice from smoothies to soups, changing every day.
Choose sausages, meatballs, or salami to enrich your recipe, but also legumes, or fish. I mean, just learn the basic recipe, then follow your imagination and try all the variations you can.
Minestrone Basic Ingredients:
- carrot, celery (leaves included),
- green onion
- 1 clove of garlic;
- 2 leaves of green vegetables, (e.g. spinach, Swiss chard, lettuce, black cabbage, zucchini)
- 1 creamy vegetable (potato, squash)
- 1 tbsp of tomato concentrate
- 1 glass of white wine
- 1 ripe tomato
- Oil, salt, fresh basil
In a skillet, sauté minced garlic, oil, chopped onion, and roughly chopped carrot and celery. Cook from 1 to 2 minutes and add a spoon of concentrate. Add wine and let evaporate (also dry red wine can works), cooking until soft.
Slice tomato, lightly crushed with your hands and add to the skillet. Season with salt at your taste, add leaves of basil, then cover with warm water and bring to boil.
Add the creamy vegetable, (e.g. a potato peeled and finely chopped), and 1 green vegetable (e.g. leaves of lettuce no more suitable for salad).
Cook from 20 to 30 minutes (I like it well done, with ingredients well whisked together). Add water when needed.
Few minutes before removing from heat, you could add other ingredients at your taste. In this way you will turn your minestrone in a different dish.
What can you add to your Minestrone?
- black cabbage and 2 spoons of cornmeal mush;
- canned legumes, such as: beans, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans, lentils;
- fried meat balls;
- leek and onions;
- minced bacon (to be sautéed in the skillet);
- mushrooms, peas, or frozen spinach;
- cabbage, cauliflower, or broccoli;
- Garbanzo beans and mussels cooked aside.