Food & Drink

Gino D’Acampo’s minestrone recipe

A simpe but tasty dish that can be customised with whatever veg is in your fridge.

Minestrone from Gino’s Italian Family Adventure
Minestrone from Gino’s Italian Family Adventure Minestrone from Gino’s Italian Family Adventure

“This has to be one of my favourite soups of all time and it will keep you filled up for hours,” says chef Gino D’Acampo, who has teamed up with Love Food Hate Waste for this year’s Food Waste Action Week.

“If you decide to make this recipe in the morning for later in the day, cook it up to the point when you are about to put in the pasta. Only add the pasta and cook for the last 25 minutes when you are ready to serve, or the pasta will go soggy.”

Zuppa di verdure

Ingredients:


(Serves 6)

3tbsp olive oil


2 onions, finely chopped


2 carrots, finely chopped


2 celery sticks, finely chopped


200g canned cannellini beans, drained


250g King Edward potatoes, chopped into 2cm chunks


200g dark green cabbage (cavolo nero), any coarse stems removed, leaves roughly chopped


400g can of chopped tomatoes


200g French beans, finely chopped


2L vegetable stock, made with stock cubes


120g dried conchigliette pasta (baby shells)


4tbsp roughly chopped flat leaf parsley leaves


Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


60g finely grated pecorino cheese, to serve

Minestrone from Gino’s Italian Family Adventure
Minestrone from Gino’s Italian Family Adventure Minestrone from Gino’s Italian Family Adventure (Haarala Hamilton/PA)

Method:

1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and fry the onions, carrots and celery for 10 minutes, or until they are just golden.

2. Add the cannellini beans, potatoes, cabbage, tomatoes, French beans and stock, and bring to the boil.

3. Reduce the heat, half-cover the saucepan with the lid and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Remove the lid, add the pasta with the parsley and continue to cook over a medium heat for a further 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste (I like to add half a teaspoon of pepper).

5. Check that all the vegetables are tender and the pasta is cooked and serve immediately in warmed bowls, with a sprinkle of pecorino cheese on top.

Gino’s Italian Family Adventure by Gino D’Acampo

Gino’s Italian Family Adventure by Gino D’Acampo is published by Bloomsbury Publishing, priced £22. Photography by Haarala Hamilton. Available now.