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Italian Minestra ( Soups and Salads Recipe )


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‘minestra’ means soup in italian. This italian delicacy refers to a bubbling pot with many ingredients that are simmered into a thick soup. In this version, we’ve retained baked beans and spaghetti- the authentic ingredients and supplemented it with the use of assorted vegetables and spices. It is a good idea to keep the soup boiling on a stove, if you are having a party, and ladling the soup into bowls. Serve with grated cheese and parsley.

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Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients

3 tbsp oil
1 cup sliced onions
1/4 cup french beans , cut into juliennes
1/2 cup carrot , cut into juliennes
1/4 cup celery (ajmoda) , cut into juliennes
1 bayleaf (tejpatta)
1/2 cup tomatoes
1/2 cup potatoes , cut into juliennes
1 cup thinly shredded cabbage
1 vegetarian seasoning cubes , readily available in the market
salt to taste
1/4 cup spaghetti
3 tbsp baked beans
freshly ground black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste

For The Garnish
4 tbsp grated processed cheese
2 tsp finely chopped parsley

Method
  1. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the onions, french beans, carrots and celery and sauté on a medium flame for 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add 4 cups of water and bayleaf and bring to boil, while stirring once in between.
  3. Add the tomatoes, potato and cabbage, seasoning cube, salt and spaghetti, mix well and cook on a slow flame for 8 to 10 minutes, or till the spaghetti is cooked.
  4. Add the baked beans and pepper, mix well and simmer on a slow flame for 2 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately garnished with cheese and parsley.
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