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Perfect Minestrone Soup

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Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 1 hour and 5 minutes

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Serves 8

Very simple to make, low calorie and delicious soup

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  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 carrot
  • Savoy cabbage (a quarter)
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 300 g cubed gammon/ham hock
  • 2 x 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1.5 litres vegetable stock
  • 75g spaghetti
  • Handful of chopped fresh Basil
  • 25ml olive oil
  • Grated Parmesan cheese to serve


  1. Dice the onion, carrot, celery and leek and fry lightly in olive oil for 5 minutes, then add the crushed garlic cloves. Continue to cook on a low heat for 3 minutes.

  2. Add the diced gammon/ham, tinned tomatoes, shredded Savoy cabbage.

  3. Add 1.5 litres of vegetable stock.

  4. Break the spaghetti into pieces approximately 3cm long and add to the pot.

  5. Simmer for approximately one hour.

  6. Five minutes before serving, add one handful of torn fresh Basil.

  7. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

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