One Pot Minestrone

Here comes my one pot meal for a weekend lunch. Yeah, you are indeed seeing a soup in clay pot! I seem to have taken the ‘one pot’ part a little too literally, 😉 lol. There are few of my friends who ask “You are not feeling well or something?”, when I say I had soup for a meal; not to sound fancy or so but my DH and I are really big fans of soups and replace it for lunch or dinner often. The reason being, I am inclined to easy and healthy cooking while DH prefers tasty and light on stomach food. Not that I always make very healthy soups, sometimes I spice it up heavily and add lots of butter and stuff like pasta that’ll no longer keep it super healthy but we like to indulge in the treat especially during monsoon. However, today’s version of my soup is decently healthier as I had went on a veggie shopping only last evening.

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One Pot Minestrone
Serves 2
A nutritious and easy one pot meal
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1. Olive oil - 1/2 tbsp
  2. 2. Garlic - 6 cloves
  3. 3. Onion - 1
  4. 4. Tomato - 1
  5. 5. Baby corn - 3
  6. 6. Cauliflower - 1/2 cup small florets
  7. 7. Bush beans - 6
  8. 8. Green peas - 1/2 cup
  9. 9. Sprouted green gram - 1/4 cup
  10. 10. Elbow pasta ( any shape would do)
  11. 11. Salt to taste
  12. 12. Pepper to taste
  13. 13. Parsley for garnish ( coriander would do as good)
Instructions
  1. Get the vegetables cleaned and ready them for cooking ( shell the peas, peel and slice baby corn, chop beans, cut cauliflower in florets, chop tomato in small cubes, chop onion and garlic finely).
  2. Bring a litre and a half of water to rolling boil, add salt and cook pasta in it till al dente. Drain pasta, keep aside and bring the pasta cooked water to boil again.
  3. Drop the readied veggies in it one by one depending on the size and time taken by each for cooking in descending order by adding tomatoes in the end and fish out all the veggies. Reserve the stock.
  4. Heat olive oil in a clay pot and sauté garlic & onion in it till it starts to brown. Sprinkle some salt and pepper in it. Add the blanched veggies, cooked pasta and more water if required. Let it simmer for at least 15 minutes.
  5. Adjust salt, pepper and serve garnished with parsley/ coriander.
Notes
  1. * Can add other vegetables and sprouts like broccoli, carrot, potato, zucchini, broad beans, chick peas, black beans and the like.
  2. * Seasoning with ginger gives a great flavor.
  3. * Unlike I did, only one pot can be used in real sense. Start by sauteing onion and garlic, add water and bring it boil, cook pasta in it first and then add veggies in order.
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