winter veg bacon minestrone

Winter veg and smoky bacon minestrone

  • serves 4
  • Easy

This winter vegetable and smoky bacon minestrone soup is under 500 calories per serving and is very rich in flavour. It takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and can be topped with a generous sprinkle of parmesan

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Parmesan rind gives a rich savoury depth to stocks and soups. Bag them up when you’ve used all the cheese and freeze so you have one when you need it.

Ingredients

  • smoked bacon lardons 200g
  • leeks 3 small, halved lengthways and cut into chunks
  • chicken stock 1 litre
  • parmesan rind 1, optional
  • small pasta shapes 75g
  • baby leaf greens 200g, stems removed and shredded
  • parmesan to serve

Method

  • Step 1

    Cook the lardons in a non-stick pan for 5 minutes until the fat renders down and they start to crisp. Add the leeks, stir, and put a lid on. Cook gently, stirring now and then for 10 minutes, until soft.

  • Step 2

    Pour in the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add the parmesan rind, if using, and cook for a couple of minutes. Add the pasta and simmer until almost tender then add the greens and cook for 3-4 minutes. Fish out the parmesan rind and discard. Spoon the soup into bowls and serve with extra parmesan if you like.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 272
  • Fat 10.9g
  • Saturates 4.2g
  • Carbs 18.1g
  • Sugars 3.8g
  • Fibre 7.1g
  • Protein 22g
  • Salt 2g
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