This is a true Italian Minestrone, the way it should taste. I have found this recipe in one of my mom’s folders. You may chose little pasta shells instead of the rice. The original recipe does ask for the rice. I would try both variations to see which one you like best. Since this is a true European recipe, the measurements are also European. You can easily have those converted by using a measurement converting website. Or you may use an international scale.
100 g of smoked bacon
2 tablespoons olive oil
Heat oil in a soup pot and add bacon.
2 pieces of garlic, mashed with a bit of salt
100 g of raw ham, cubed
Add garlic and ham to bacon and stir.
1 bay leaf.
Crumble bay leaf and add it into the pot.
100 g celery
1 small zucchini
Peal and cut vegetable into small cubes and add to pot. Cover and saute for about 5 minutes.
1 small can white beans
1 small can peas
2 tomatoes, peeled and cubed
150 g cooked white rice
Add the above ingredients to soup pot.
1.25 liter of beef broth
Pour over vegetable and simmer for 10 min.
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon basil
salt and fresh pepper
Season the soup with the above spices.
1 handful chives
1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
Pour the hot soup in individual dishes and top them with chives and a bit of parmesan cheese. This soup can be served with some good Italian bread or some traditional bread sticks. This soup is good during any season but is prefered by many when it is a bit cooler outside.