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Posted By: Steve Shaw
12-Mar-19 - 05:31 AM
Thread Name: BS: Vegetable soup - any ideas?
Subject: RE: BS: Vegetable soup - any ideas?
Make it hearty by including some tiny shell pasta or orzo towards the end. Rice even. Don't overdo it or your soup will become more like a risotto (why not...) Always start with a soffritto of chopped onion and celery (and carrots for me too) made with extra virgin olive oil. Make a simple pesto with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and zest and parmesan (not basil in this case) and stir that in near the end. A few drops of tabasco gives everything in the world a lift. Keep the veg chunky and include some borlotti or cannellini beans. A sneaky spoonful of sundried tomato paste can be good if you don't mind the colour change. Easy on the herbs, though a touch of rosemary and thyme, removed before serving, wouldn't hurt.

If you don't mind its not being veggie, some chopped pancetta in that soffritto would massively increase the depth of flavour. Just use less olive oil though.