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Classic Minestrone Soup
We are proud to be featuring a series of recipes from The Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook, Pressure Cooker on the Huggies website. The first in the series is this classic minestrone soup. Prep + cook time 35 minutes.
- 1 ham hock (1kg)
- 1 medium brown onion (150g)
- 1 stalk celery (150g), trimmed, halved
- 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1 dried bay leaf
- 1.5 litres (6 cups) water
- 2 cups (360g) cooked white beans
- 1 large carrot (180g), chopped coarsely
- 2 medium zucchini (240g), chopped coarsely
- 2 stalks celery (300g), chopped coarsely
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 410g (13 ounces) canned diced tomatoes
- 1 cup (100g) small pasta shells
- 1 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
- ½ cup (40g) flaked parmesan cheese
Makes 3.5 litres (14 cups)
Nutritional count per 1 cup 3.4g total fat
(1.4g saturated fat); 581kJ (139 cal);
11.4g carbohydrate; 14.2g protein; 3.6g fibre
1. Combine ham, onion, halved celery, peppercorns, bay leaf and the water in 6-litre (24-cup) pressure cooker; secure lid. Bring cooker to high pressure. Reduce heat to stabilise pressure; cook 20 minutes.
2. Release pressure using the quick release method; remove lid. Strain stock into large heatproof bowl; reserve ham, discard vegetables and peppercorns. When ham is cool enough to handle, remove meat from bone; discard bone, skin and fat, shred ham coarsely.
3. Return stock to cooker with shredded ham, beans, carrot, zucchini, chopped celery, garlic, undrained tomatoes and pasta; secure lid. Bring cooker to high pressure. Reduce heat to stabilise pressure; cook 3 minutes.
4. Release pressure using the quick release method; remove lid. Season to taste. Serve soup sprinkled with basil and cheese.
*You’ll need to cook 1 cup (200g) of dried white beans for this recipe. If soaked overnight, they take 10 minutes to cook in a pressure cooker. You can use any white bean you like. Recipe not suitable to freeze.
**If you have an electric pressure cooker you won’t need to reduce the heat to stabilise pressure, your cooker will automatically stabilise itself. Always check with the manufacturer’s instructions before using.
The Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook, Pressure Cooker is available now from the Huggies Bookclub.
Recipe images from The Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook, Pressure Cooker. Photographer: Ian Wallace Stylist: Louise Pickford