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Chorizo Minestrone Vegetable Soup Recipe

This time of the year with cold wet winds calls for a robust soup with textures and big flavours. this is my version of a minestrone or vegetable soup, Chorizo Minestrone Vegetable Soup.

INGREDIENTS:

6 cloves of garlic chopped fine
olive oil
salt and pepper
1 onion diced fine
3 parsnips peeled and diced to bite size
4 carrots peeled and diced to bite size
10 sticks of celery sliced and chopped to bite size
8 tomatoes(skinned-drop in boiling water until the skin splits and remove) chop
1 tin of chickpeas or use the frozen type
1/2 a chorizo sausage sliced and cut to bite size pieces
dried or fresh oregano
about 3 tablespoons of tomato puree to thicken the soup
about 2 pints of stock, I use homemade chicken stock but cubes and Swiss bouillon are good.

DIRECTIONS:

1. Take a large pan and add olive oil to fry vegetables. Heat to a medium heat and add the garlic and onions. I usually prepare the next vegetables whilst these cook and sweat. I put the lid on the pan so they sort of steam and fry.
2. Add the carrot, parsnips, celery, tomato, chickpeas and sausage, stir and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.
3 Add about 2 pints of stock, salt and pepper , dried herb or fresh oregano.
4. Mix together and bring to the boil. Turn the heat to a simmer. Put on the lid and cook until it is all tender.
5 Add about 3 tablespoons of tomato puree to thicken the soup. Add more stock or water if it is too thick in texture.
Variations
1. garnish with fresh herbs
2. serve with garlic bead
3. serve with grated cheese
5. add other types of vegetables which are in season such as cabbage, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, green beans, courgette /zucchini.
6. Use different beans instead of chickpeas
7. Leave out the sausage and use a vegetable stock for a vegan/vegetarian minestrone vegetable soup.
8. Serve with the zest of lemon and lemon juice for a zing.
9. Use a different herb such as lemon thyme, thyme, sage, tarragon and parsley.
10. add1 cup of red lentils and simmer until they are soft
11. Garnish with crispy bacon.
12. Add some pasta or rice for the last 15 minutes of cooking.

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