Smokey Minestrone Soup with Ham Hock

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One of Australia's favourite soups, this minestrone takes such a short time to prepare but is so full of goodness.

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time1 hrTotal Time1 hr 10 mins
 1 Red onion, finely chopped
 2 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
 1 tsp. Mixed herbs
 2 Bay leaves
 1 Bacon/ham hock
 700g Passata
 2 Cups chicken stock
 2 Cups water
 1 Medium carrot, finely chopped
 1 Medium zucchini, finely chopped
 1 Cup pumpkin, finely chopped
 1 Cup cauliflower, finely chopped
 1/4 Cup frozen peas
 1/2 Cup Risoni or other small pasta
1

In a large stock pot, over a medium heat add enough water (1/2 cm) to just cover the base

2

Add onions, garlic, carrot, zucchini, pumpkin, cauliflower, mixed herbs and bay leaves. Stir together and allow to cook for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are softened

3

Add stock, ham hock and passata. Stir ingredients well

4

Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add in the risoni and peas and simmer for 60 minutes. Stir regularly. After 60 minutes turn off heat

5

Remove the ham hock and remove the meat from the bone. Discard the bone, skin and fat

6

Add the meat back to the pot and stir through the soup

7

Serve while hot into bowls and serve with some delicious multigrain sourdough bread

Nutrition Facts

Servings 8


Amount Per Serving
Calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.81g11%
Saturated Fat 1.28g7%
Sodium 681.41mg29%
Total Carbohydrate 37.54g13%
Dietary Fiber 9.16g37%
Sugars 10.56g
Protein 15.47g31%

Vitamin A 62.13%
Vitamin C 40.52%
Calcium 11.25%
Iron 14.39%
Vitamin B12 7.92%
Iodine 24.19%
Magnesium 24.99%
Zinc 20.13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Vegetarians and vegans can use a vegetable stock and add some smoked paprika or chipotle chillies for that smoky flavour instead of the bacon hock.

Most kids love minestrone soup.  If you have trouble getting your kids to eat it, replace the Risoni with some alphabet pasta and place the letters YUM on top of the soup when you serve it.  Call it Yum Yum Soup rather than Minestrone and see what happens.  Most kids love anything that is "Yummy".

This recipe also freezes very well so it's good to have as a back up on those nights when you don't have the time or energy to cook.

Ingredients

 1 Red onion, finely chopped
 2 Cloves garlic, finely chopped
 1 tsp. Mixed herbs
 2 Bay leaves
 1 Bacon/ham hock
 700g Passata
 2 Cups chicken stock
 2 Cups water
 1 Medium carrot, finely chopped
 1 Medium zucchini, finely chopped
 1 Cup pumpkin, finely chopped
 1 Cup cauliflower, finely chopped
 1/4 Cup frozen peas
 1/2 Cup Risoni or other small pasta

Directions

1

In a large stock pot, over a medium heat add enough water (1/2 cm) to just cover the base

2

Add onions, garlic, carrot, zucchini, pumpkin, cauliflower, mixed herbs and bay leaves. Stir together and allow to cook for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are softened

3

Add stock, ham hock and passata. Stir ingredients well

4

Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add in the risoni and peas and simmer for 60 minutes. Stir regularly. After 60 minutes turn off heat

5

Remove the ham hock and remove the meat from the bone. Discard the bone, skin and fat

6

Add the meat back to the pot and stir through the soup

7

Serve while hot into bowls and serve with some delicious multigrain sourdough bread

Smokey Minestrone Soup with Ham Hock

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Nutrition Facts

Servings 8


Amount Per Serving
Calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6.81g11%
Saturated Fat 1.28g7%
Sodium 681.41mg29%
Total Carbohydrate 37.54g13%
Dietary Fiber 9.16g37%
Sugars 10.56g
Protein 15.47g31%

Vitamin A 62.13%
Vitamin C 40.52%
Calcium 11.25%
Iron 14.39%
Vitamin B12 7.92%
Iodine 24.19%
Magnesium 24.99%
Zinc 20.13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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