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What can I add to my homemade minestrone soup? Something missing......

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mymatemarmite Mon 27-Feb-17 16:02:13

I have made a big pan of minestrone soup and there is something definitely missing! I have seasoned it.

This is what I have put in so far :
tin of tomatoes
salt and pepper
tomato puree

Any ideas?

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 27-Feb-17 16:03:19

Celery salt

A little sugar to cut the acidity if the tomatoes

Worcester sauce?

BridgeRiverTower Mon 27-Feb-17 16:03:49

Bay leaf, oregano, parsley!

thenewaveragebear1983 Mon 27-Feb-17 16:03:54

A big dollop of pesto on the top and some grated Parmesan. Yum!

rslsys Mon 27-Feb-17 16:05:02


IMissGin Mon 27-Feb-17 16:05:14

Lea & Perrins
Loads of black pepper
Olive oil

MuseumOfCurry Mon 27-Feb-17 16:05:25

WEIRD I am making minestrone now as well!

Parmesan, glob of bacon fat, oregano, cannelli (sp?) beans.

PolterGoose Mon 27-Feb-17 16:05:26

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GotToGetMyFingerOut Mon 27-Feb-17 16:07:00

I always put bacon and a ham stock cube in too, and loads of pepper. Yum.

ErrolTheDragon Mon 27-Feb-17 16:09:11

The end of a piece of parmesan. DH and DD won't let me do this though.hmm

MerlinsScarf Mon 27-Feb-17 16:12:36

I sometimes add green beans and a dash of vinegar. Also basil, oregano, pepper and maybe cannellini beans as PPs have mentioned.

Fancying minestrone now, thanks for the much-needed dinner inspiration!

drwitch Mon 27-Feb-17 16:14:04

Things that I think make a difference
1) frying off the onions, carrots and celery really slowly to bring out their sweetness (should take more than 20 mins)
2) reducing the tomatoes by at least half and cooking them down really slowly (puree needs frying off first)
3) good quality stock (if using stock cubes. stock pots then add slowly so the flavour does not dominate
4) something blanched in the soup just before survey (greens, cabbage, parsley) and I think the freshness really picks it up

highinthesky Mon 27-Feb-17 16:56:34

Spiralised courgette (I add this at the end instead of pasta).

NotCarylChurchill Mon 27-Feb-17 17:00:03

Get a bit of parmesan rind and chuck it in the pot.

VintagePerfumista Mon 27-Feb-17 17:00:38

Sqwudge the potatoes so the soup is thicker, or mash a few cannellini beans. Any leftover lettuce makes soup really creamy (oddly!)

Minestrone can be very watery if you aren't careful. I don't put any tomato in mine at all, but tinned tomatoes are very acidic and sour. Oddly (again) salt takes that acidic edge away more than sugar does.

Also dollop of olive oil at serving stage.

Twistmeandturnme Mon 27-Feb-17 17:02:43

what stock did you use OP? That may be the missing factor.

NotaSnowflake Mon 27-Feb-17 17:04:41

A recipe I saw on YouTube had minced beef in it! Was basically a runny chilli! That the same person then added sweet corn to on another recipe and called it 'taco soup!'

mymatemarmite Mon 27-Feb-17 17:08:55

I have added oxo to it. Have now added a little chilli powder and a couple of drops of worcester sauce - tastes a bit better but not much!

I unfortunately do not have any canellini (sp) beans, bacon etc

drwitch Mon 27-Feb-17 17:15:04

take the peas and the pasta out and let simmer for a good 30 mins or so - it might be that you have not cooked the tomatoes enough to get an intense enough flavour

1frenchfoodie Mon 27-Feb-17 18:21:30

Herbs. Thyme, oregano, marjoram. Probably highly inauthentic but still delicious.

AreYouDoneYet Mon 27-Feb-17 19:43:35

Savoy cabbage?

bibbitybobbityyhat Mon 27-Feb-17 19:55:42

You need Nigella's minestrone recipe. It's a bit odd because it involves no tomatoes and no garlic, but it's delicious. It does start off with something like 6 tbsp of ligurian olive oil and 2 tbsp butter though grin.

But you must have savoy cabbage or some other dark green vegetable in a minestrone ime.

mymatemarmite Mon 27-Feb-17 21:28:35

Thanks - will take a look at the Nigella recipe for next time!

VeryPunny Mon 27-Feb-17 21:29:07

Parmesan rinds

sleepyhead Mon 27-Feb-17 21:32:03

Salt. Can be added via the medium of pancetta and parmesan, but if you've added neither you probably need more salt.

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