In this cold weather you need something to warm you up, and this Minestrone is often made with the fresh vegetables of Spring but equally can be made in the winter months too.
1 carrot sliced
4 leeks sliced
1/4 cabbage thinly sliced
1 stick celery sliced
1 onion sliced
2 pint stock
1oz french beans
1 teaspoon of tomato puree
1 clove of garlic crushed
Prepare the vegetable, toss carrot, leek, cabbage, celery and onion with melted butter in a saucepan. Do not brown.
Add the stock, seasoning and bouquet garni, bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the other vegetables, spaghetti and tomato puree cook for a further 10 minutes
Mix the crushed garlic and chopped parsley together, add to soup just before serving
Serve with grated parmesan cheese.
Freeze that you cannot eat for another day.
Good solid warming comfort soup