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Minestrone soups has been an all time favorite soup at home, packed with nutrition and alot of energy making it a replacement for a wholesome meal and a light dinner. Minestrone (literally big soup) is a thick soup of Italian origin made with vegetables, often with the addition of pasta or rice. Common ingredients include beans, onions, celery, carrots, stock, and tomatoes.
3 cups vegetable stock
1 cup stewed. deskinned and diced tomatoes
1/4 cup cooked pasta, a tiny variety
1 cup carrot, peeled and chopped
1 cup zucchini, chopped
1 cup broccoli, into tiny florets
1/2 cup celery stalk, finely chopped
1/4 cup onion, chopped
a few basil leaves torn
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Salt and ground black pepper
Grated Parmesan cheese for garnishing
In a heavy bottommed sauce pan, combine all the ingredients except pasta, zucchini, broccoli and cheese and cook on low heat for about 30 minutes.
Towards the end when the soup is done cooking, add pasta, zucchini and broccoli. Cover and cook 10 more minutes. Remove bay leaf and check the seasonings adding salt and black pepper if required.
Serve the soup into bowls and sprinkle parmesan cheese over top. Garnish with basil, if desired and serve warm with a fresh bread.