I love minestrone, it’s a great way of using up whatever veg you have leftover. I normally throw everything in, you can add soup pasta too if you like to bulk it up and it becomes a meal in itself. Just wish I could convince the princess, she won’t touch it! What have I reared?:)

what you need:

1  onion chopped

2 carrots chopped

2 celery sticks chopped

2 courgettes chopped

1 litre chicken/veg stock (stock cubes here as always)

150g soup pasta(we have it in La Cucina) or spaghetti or fettucine broken up.

30g butter

3 tbsp olive oil

sea salt and black pepper

grated parmesan cheese

what to do:

heat your oil and butter in a pot and add your onions and cook over a low heat for about 10 mins until soft but not coloured. Add your carrots, celery and courgette, season and cook for another 10 mins. Add your stock, season and cook for about 15 -20 mins until the veg is tender

addyour pasta and cook until al dente and then serve with some grated parmesan on top.

buon appetito…