Tuesday 16 August 2011

Minestrone Soup

from Italian Food Safari, Maeve O’Meara with Guy Grossi, Hardie Grant Books, 2010.

If you’ve watched Maeve O’Meara’s TV show then there’s nothing more to add. This is the book form of the show; you just have to turn over the pages to watch it. The good thing is that the recipes are included.

The recipes are clearly set out with a short introduction to give some extra information about the dish. The chef for each recipe is acknowledged.

I was after a hearty soup that would serve as a main meal and so minestrone was the obvious choice. It’s easy to make, full of healthy ingredients, rich in flavour and always a favourite.

This particular recipe from Stefano Manfredi suggested using chopped parmesan rind to enhance the flavour.

Minestrone is always great the next day and this one certainly lived up the day-after reputation. The soup thickened considerably, due mainly to the addition of rice, and the flavours matured richly.

Taste: ✔✔✔
Ease of cooking: ✔✔✔ 

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