Cabbage & Bean Minestrone Soup
This recipe was inspired by one for minestrone soup. Ministrone is a traditional Italian soup, consisting of a mix of seasonal vegetables, cooked in a light stock, with some sort of carbohydrate based food, preferably pasta. Potato or rice could be used instead, to bulk it out. I had a lot of vegetables brought to me by my Dad from his allotment, that needed using up, so this seemed like the ideal kind of meal to make. Often the protein source in a minestrone soup is beans or bacon/pancetta, but these don’t contain a lot of protein and I felt I needed more, so I used turkey meatballs, but you could use anything really. Thats the beauty of this kind of meal, anything goes and just see how it turns out. My end result didn’t really look like a soup, as it was very chunky, but it did taste good and was packed with plenty of nourishing ingredients, making it a healthy dinner option. As a bonus, it creates minimal washing up, as you only need one pan and its ready in less than half an hour.