You will need (for two to four):
2 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, sliced
2 small carrots, peeled and chopped
1 small onion, finely diced
1 small courgette, diced
1 large tomato, diced
1 handful summer greens, shredded
1 handful broad beans, podded
1 handful fresh peas, podded
1 litre hot vegetable stock
90g small pasta
Salt and pepper
Prepare the broad beans by adding the beans to a pan of lightly salted boiling water. Cook for 3-4 minutes before removing, running under cold water and then squeezing the beans out of their grey skins. Set aside.
Put a large pan on a low heat and add the olive oil, garlic, carrot, onion and courgette. Put a lid on and leave to soften for around 10 minutes.
Remove the lid and add the tomato, summer greens and peas then pour in the hot stock.
Bring to the boil then add the pasta and a little salt and pepper.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and put on a loose fitting lid. Simmer for 8 minutes then add the prepared broad beans and continue to simmer for a further 2 minutes.
Check the seasoning before serving.
I love mini pasta, I know it’s normal pasta just much smaller, I do think it’s somehow more enjoyable that way. This made enough for two large portions or for two smaller portions with enough for a generous lunch the next day. The colours of this soup are so vibrant at this time of year and the varied shapes and textures of the vegetables make it interesting. This minestrone is clean, fresh and delicious and most importantly frees up some room in the vegetable drawer.