Italian Secret Vegetable Soup Recipe

Welcome to the August 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Farmer’s Markets

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have written about something new they’ve learned about their local farmers.

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Make friends with a local farmer? Easy! Get them to reveal their secret minestrone soup recipe? Now that’s a challenge! Meet Malvina – a local farmer and chef famous for her delicious cuisine in Bonassola, Italy where I live. She loves two activities more than anything else: gardening and cooking and you can see her in action on the photographs attached.

Why was I desperate for her minestrone recipe? Because it’s delicious, healthy and well guarded, which made the challenge even more exciting! So, here it is:

Italian Minestrone: Difficulty: medium. Preparation time: 30 min. Cooking time: 2 h circa.

Ingredients for 4 persons (click here to convert the units into your favorite measurement system):

  • 3 liters of water
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 200 g of kidney beans
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 1 kg of potatoes
  • 3 zucchini
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 200 g of pasta (Malvina uses ditalini rigati number 47)
  • 1 tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese or pecorino

Note: Malvina uses pumpkin flowers and the delicate pumpkin leaves. You can also use cabbage or spinach.

Instructions:

Plant delicious vegetables or make friends with a farmer who loves gardening and will provide you with the highest quality ingredients (pic 1). Then:

  1. Boil the water.
  2. Wash the beautiful vegetables (pic 2).
  3. Cut the vegetables into little pieces so that some of them melt as they boil and form a cream (pic 3).
  4. Put the vegetables in the water, add salt and olive oil (salt and olive oil allow the vegetables to amalgamate easily).
  5. Cook for min. 2 hours until part of the water will have evaporated (pic 4).
  6. In a separate container blend a clove of garlic, a bunch of basil, a tablespoon of grated parmesan cheese or pecorino, 3 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt. This will form a sort of pesto.
  7. After 2 hours add the pasta and cook for 7 minutes stirring often.
  8. Add the pesto to the soup (pic 5).
  9. Your minestrone is ready! (pic 6).

Note: no additional cheese should be added to this soup. Add olive oil to taste. In winter it should be served hot and in the summer it can be served lukewarm. The density is its most important characteristic.

Not Only Minestrone. 

I got Malvina to share hundreds of recipes and together we compiled the Illustrated Italian Cookbook: Get Out of My Kitchen! Check it out if you’re interested in more recipes like the above.

HOW DO YOU INTERACT WITH LOCAL FARMERS? PLEASE SHARE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW :)

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17 Comments on “Italian Secret Vegetable Soup Recipe”

  1. August 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    That looks absolutely delicious, what a great idea to team up with farmers for recipes!
    ~Dionna @ CodeNameMama.com

  2. August 14, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    Yum! That looks delicious, and I can never pass up a good soup recipe. What a great way to utilize the fresh veggies from the market! Thanks for sharing.

  3. August 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    Yum! That looks delicious!!!

  4. August 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    This looks delicious, this will be a keeper for our vegetarian family.
    Our farmer’s market does a great job of bringing in chef’s in training from our local culinary school. They share recipes with ingredients that are in season each week.
    Thank you for sharing.

    • August 14, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

      Thank you Erica!!! Looking forward to your family’s reactions! :)

  5. Shannon @ GrowingSlower
    August 15, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    Those pictures definitely have my mouth watering! Yum!

  6. August 15, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    Yum! That looks SO good! We don’t eat pasta in our house… any suggestions for a suitable vegetable/meat substitute?

    • August 15, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      Just skip the pasta! There’s already plenty of veggies in the minestrone :)

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