Minestrone Soup

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Today I realized there are only 5 more weeks with Jamie Oliver over at I*Heart*Cooking*Club

The 6 months dishing up with these chefs always goes by so quickly. I am so very curious to see which female chef will up for the vote soon. I know I enjoyed cooking with Nigella and Giada…..so many possibilties. But…for now, Jamie is still the star and this week’s theme is Soup, Salad and Sammies.

Perhaps I am hoping to lure the cooler temps that come with Fall weather as my pick this week is - ……Minestrone Soup from The Naked Chef cookbook. This particular version was featured in a 2010 publication of Shape magazine.


10 large ripe plum tomatoes (or two 14 oz cans of tomatoes, drained)
3 medium carrots
2 medium leeks
5 ribs of celery
2 red onions
1 cabbage
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced
1 heaped Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary
3 cup ham, chicken, or vegetable stock
3 good handfuls of fresh basil, torn
6 oz spaghetti (or substitute a 15-ounce can of chickpeas )
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
extra-virgin olive oil
Parmesan cheese, grated


Score the tomatoes and place briefly in boiling water. Then skin, seed and roughly dice. Peel or scrape the carrots, quarter lengthwise and chop.

Remove the outer leaves of the leeks, quarter lengthwise, wash well and chop. Peel the celery with peeler to remove the stringy bits, then cut in half lengthwise and chop. Peel and chop the onions. When you are chopping all these vegetables, try to make them more or less the same size (around inch dice. Wash and roughly chop the cabbage.

Put the olive oil into a warmed thick-bottomed pan and cook the carrots, leeks, celery, onion, garlic and rosemary over medium heat until just tender (about 15 minutes). Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, skimming if necessary. Add the cabbage, cover the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, then add the basil and the pasta (or chickpeas), which will absorb the flavors of the soup. Simmer for a further 5 minutes or more. Taste and season. The soup should be quite thick, full in flavor, and the cabbage shouldn't be overcooked--you want to retain its deep color.

Serve with some good peppery extra-virgin olive oil and fresh Parmesan.

Photo Credit - David Loftus

Head over to IHCC and check out some other Jamie recipes. I will sedn this to Cream Puffs in Venice for her Magazine Monday series too.



Anonymous said...

I always forget how much I like minestrone. The picture looks delicious - here's hoping for more autumnal weather so you can eat it more often!
Mrs L

Joanne said...

I can't believe Jamie's reign is almost over and I've only cooked ONE of his recipes! Shame on me.

Nothing like a good minestrone to assuage that comfort food craving! This looks great!

Pierce said...

Mrs L, we enjoy soup year round. It's more comforting in the cooler months but we pretty much have it for lunch 5 days a week. Love soup!

Joanne - I have been a Jamie slacker the past several weeks and just got on the ball again.

girlichef said...

Mmmm Hmmm! I'd love a big bowl of this beautiful soup. Our time w/ Jamie has absolutely flown by!

Deb in Hawaii said...

It is hard to believe our Jamie time is almost up. :-( Your soup looks delicious--I love minestrone. I saw your comment about joining me at Souper Sundays this week. Great! If you'd like to join in the round up, just add a link to/mention of Souper Sundays to this post and I'll add you to Sunday's round up.


~~louise~~ said...

Oh I do adore a good Minestrone Soup. It looks like you've got it covered, Tina. I wouldn't change a thing.

Thank you so much for sharing...

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Yum - looks so comforting!
And I love that photo of Jamie - so cute!

Drick said...

I might just have to wait a few more months to make this, unless we could serve it like gazpacho... does look good and tempting

MM said...

If you lure any cooler temps, please share! Thissoup looks great and very hearty. I'm excited to see who the next chef will be too. Voting should be soon!

Martha (MM) said...

Yum, looks wonderful! Thanks for the welcome back to the world of blogs :-)

Kim said...

I agree with Natashya. I love that pic of Jamie with his soup. Heck, I'd love to sit next to him and eat soup with him :)

Minestrone was almost was choice for this week, but I didn't have all the veggies. This looks terrific!

Meredith said...

That is the prettiest picture of soup I've seen in a long time. ANd the minestrone looks delisious too!

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