Vegetable Beef Minestrone

    Vegetable Beef Minestrone

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    About this recipe: Plenty of vegetables, chickpeas or beans of your choice plus pasta.

    Serves: 6 

    • 2 slices smoked bacon, chopped
    • 230g lean minced beef
    • 2 medium carrots, chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1 stalk celery, chopped
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 teaspoon dried Italian basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red chilli flakes
    • 1 (400g) can stewed tomatoes
    • 1 (300ml) can beef broth
    • 1 (400g) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
    • 60g spaghetti, broken into pieces

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:1day16hr  ›  Ready in:1day16hr10min 

    1. In a large saucepan, cook bacon and minced beef until well done, breaking up the beef as it cooks. Drain off the grease and add carrots, garlic, onion and celery. Season with the bay leaf, basil, rosemary and red chilli flakes. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Stir in tomatoes and beef stock.
    2. Simmer for about 20 minutes then put in the chickpeas and broken spaghetti. Cook covered, for about 10 minutes or until spaghetti is al dente. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

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