Monday, September 22, 2008

Minestrone Soup

One of my Sydney colleagues, Terry, recently told me about a fabulous soup that he used to buy called Dr Tickell's 12 Vegetable Soup. Terry is gutted because he doesn't seem to be able to buy it anymore, and in his words, it is "addictive". However, there is one small ray of hope in that Dr Tickell has published the recipe for the 12 vegetable minestrone version of his soup here.

Terry challenged me to make this soup and see for myself, so, never being able to resist a challenge, I did make it. And boy, was I pleasantly surprised! I am not the kind of girl who would normally buy vegetable soup (I am a hearty beef girl myself), but this soup was delicious!!!!! It is also very filling, so unlike many purchased canned soups, a serve with a couple of slices of bread or toast is very satisfying. Finally, it is also - OMG - healthy!!!

Here are the veges beforehand:

and in the pot in the early stages:

and the final product:

This soup is very easy to make, with the most arduous part being all of the peeling and chopping beforehand. The recipe makes stacks of soup (approximately 2.5 litres), and is the kind of thing that you can refrigerate or freeze (?) for a quick "pick me up". I'm pretty sure that my version of this soup looks nothing like the canned version, but I am very happy with it.

Thanks for the tip Terry - good luck with making your own.


Ivy said...

I've never heard of this soup but I make a similar soup: after boiling beef, in the stock I boil all the ingredients except the parsnip and the beans, I also add a peeled tomato and thicken it either with rice or tiny pasta. It's absolutely delicious.

Happy cook said...

I love minestrone soup,they are always so delicious and healthy

Magnolia Wedding Planner said... delicious this soup..I've made something similar last night with cabbage and beans also :-P
A big hug dear!

Gretchen Noelle said...

Love minestrone soup. Funny how the Peruvian version is so different. I shall have to make it and post it some time.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Oh boy, a bowl of that soup would sure hit the spot right now! I've had a bad cold for days. I'll bet it would fix me right up.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Ivy, sounds delish!

Agreed Happy Cook.

A big hug to you too Sylvia. Thanks for dropping by.

Hi Gretchen, I look forward to reading about it.

Get well soon Susan!!!

giz said...

I could so eat soup like this every day of the week. Yum.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

i always love a good minestrone

psst...before, i was actually ignorant enough to pronounce it "mine" and "strone" ala english LOL

embarrassed the heck outta me once i found the correct pronounciation lolll

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious said...

omg cakelaw! this soup is making me salivate!! ooo.. i can almost taste it! :)

btw, i've added u in my blogroll! good to be back! :)

Cakelaw said...

Hi Giz, It makes such a large batch that I have been having it for lunch every day this week so far - and I am only half way through!! It is very good though.

LOL Rita, I have had my own embarrassing pronounciation issues that have been corrected only by teh chance of hearing someone else say it.

Thanks Jean - I will add you too when I do some blog maintenance.