Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Minced Mutton Minestrone Soup

I love Minestrone soup but good ones are really hard to find, so I decided to try making some myself.
I googled the recipe and found several interesting ones that I liked. However I felt there were parts of different recipes that I would like to incorporate into mine. So, that is exactly what I did. :) I added fresh red chillies for a bit of heat, minced mutton because my brother would have gone berserk if I served an all vegetarian soup for dinner and finally fresh basils for a little added flavour. The final result was surprisingly delicious. So here's the recipe for this easy dish.

1 large onion( yellow/Bombay)  diced
1 carrot or two small ones diced
2 celery stalks diced
3 red chillies diced (I used three because they were very mild)
1 packet of minced mutton
1 cup of frozen vegetables ( green beans/capsicum/brocoli/spinach) -I found a packet with these vegetables but you can add in any vegetable you like
3 cloves of garlic diced
6 cups of chicken broth ( I used 6 cups of water and added in 3 cubes of chicken stock powder)
1 can of diced tomatoes
1 can of whole/plum tomatoes
dried herbs
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of oil
Fresh basil

1.Heat your pot, add in the olive oil and fry the minced mutton with a dash of salt and pepper. Make sure you use only one table spoon because the minced mutton will release its own oil.
2.Fry it till its nice and brown. Add in the butter, onions, celery, carrots, red chillie and stir it till its nice and soft.
3.Add in the canned tomatoes, herbs, frozen vegetables and the stock.
4. Stir well and let it boil.
5. Reduce the heat, and let it simmer for some 30mins or until u feel the taste has locked in. Throw in some fresh basils if you have them.
6. Season it and serve.

The best thing about this recipe is that you can throw in anything you like including some pasta for a wholesome meal.

I also whipped up some garlic bread to have with the soup.