27 Recipes – Minnestrone



  • 1T oil
  • 6 rashers bacon
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 2 potatoes
  • 4 teaspoons crushed garlic
  • 2 litres beef stock
  • 800g tin crushed tomatoes
  • 400g tin red kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 cups pasta spirals



  1. Remove the bacon rind and roughly chop. Peel and chop the carrots and potato, and chop the celeryVeggies
  2. Heat the oil, then place the bacon, carrot, celery, potato and garlic in a large saucepan and cook over high for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly
  3. Add the stock, kidney beans and tomatoes and bring to the boil, then simmer, covered for about 30 minutes until the vegetables are tender
  4. Increase the heat to high, and add the pasta and cook uncovered until the pasta is done
  5. Season with salt and pepper if desired, and you can also garnish with something like parsley. Serve with fresh, crusty bread

My Thoughts

I’m not sure that I would use as much pasta next time. I think next time I will try this with chicken as well, since I think it would go quite well. I’d also simmer it uncovered for at least part of the time, to get it to thicken up a little more. The flavour was amazing though! Next time I will remember to take good pictures too, rather than after heating it in the microwave!

Michael’s Thoughts

He prefers this as leftovers rather than on the day it was cooked, since it ended up thickening up a little more. He also noted that it takes a lot longer than normal leftovers to reheat in the microwave, which I had also noticed.


This is recipe 7 of 27 in my attempt to try 27 new recipes before turning 28 on 19th June, 2014. This project was inspired by my 26 projects challenge from the last year, with a new little twist.

You can see recipe one here, two here, three here, four here, five here and six here


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