This past Sunday was a day of sorts weather wise; the day started off with a light drizzle and slowly before we knew it was snowing. Yup heavy snow, which was a pleasure to watch. Last winter too we had snow but nothing like this! Soon there was a blanket of white everywhere...incredibly beautiful! We even went for a drive in the snow, I know, not the sanest thing to do but it was fun.
By evening the skies cleared up and it was fair weather but chilly. I whipped up this Minestrone to keep us warm, while we watched the snow melt slowly.
You will need:
2 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
3 large Tomatoes, finely chopped
1 Red Pepper, chopped into bite sized cubes
1 can cooked Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
½ cup frozen spinach, thawed
2 carrots, chopped
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
1 tsp Red Chilli Flakes (Adjust acc. to taste)
1 tsp Dried Basil
1 tsp Dried Oregano
5-6 cups Vegetable Stock
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Grated parmesan, to garnish
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bring water to a boil. Salt it and add the conchos. Cook for 8 minutes until al dente.
Season with salt and pepper. Top with grated parmesan and serve hot.
Nothing else is more comforting than a good ol' bowl of soup!