On the colder days everybody loves the taste of a good minestrone soup. I know it is another favourite for my family. I will make this soup with what I generally have in the pantry and fridge.
2 Tbsp dried oregano
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 double smoked kransky sausage, sliced into pieces
200 grams ham , sliced into pieces
2 each: carrot, potato, stalk celery, courgette, cut into 1cm dices
1 400 gram tin Italian tomatoes
1 tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained or borlotti beans
1 Litre chicken stock
1/2 cup small pasta shapes ( what ever pasta shapes you have)
1 cup finely shredded cabbage
salt and freshly grated black pepper
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan or stockpot and add the onion, garlic, kransky and herbs. Cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes until the onion is soft.
- Add the chopped vegetables, stir to coat in the onions and oil, then add the tinned tomatoes and stock. Bring to the boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 25 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
- Rinse and drain the chickpeas or borlotti beans, add to the soup with the pasta shapes and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Stir in the cabbage and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
Season with salt and ground black pepper.
Serve with grated or shaved parmesan and fresh crusty rolls.