Green Minestrone Soup-feeds a family of 5

Ingredients:

2 small onions, sliced

2 large leeks, cut in half lengthways, then sliced 

2 fat cloves garlic, peel left on,

2 large courgettes, diced

2 litres of veg/chicken stock

170g small pasta such as macaroni

1 can butterbeans, drained

2 large handfuls sliced kale

1 tbsp rapeseed oil

Pinch Maldon salt

Salt & Pepper

Parmesan/fresh basil (optional)

Method:

  • ​Heat the oil in a large saucepan

  • After around 30 seconds, add the onions, with a pinch of sea salt .

  • After 3-4 mins add the leeks to the pan.

  • After another 3-4 mins, add the courgettes and stir.

  • Add the kale, followed by the stock and bring to the boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  • Add the pasta and cook according to instructions (usually around 8-10 mins).

  • Throw in the garlic and butterbeans.

  • Give a good stir and taste. You may need to add more seasoning now. Bring back to the boil, adding more water if too thick.

  • Taste one last time.

  • Serve with some grated cheese, such as parmesan and some fresh basil if you have any.

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