Potato, Pasta and Pesto Soup


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Potato, Pasta and Pesto Soup


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For everyday living in Italy, the family's main meal often begins with bowls of hot "brodo" (broth). The broth is lightly seasoned and may have a little pasta or bits of vegetables or it can be a thick, creamy and wholesome soup, sufficiently filling to make a meal. Lots of potatoes, carrots, milk and cheese gives this soup its unique velvety quality. Parsley and pesto lend it a delicate aromatic flavour. Pasta and potatoes both thicken the soup. So before serving, you may need to add a little water if the soup gets too thick.

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Potato, Pasta and Pesto Soup recipe - How to make Potato, Pasta and Pesto Soup

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Serves 4.
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Ingredients

1 cup peeled and finely chopped potatoes
1/2 cup peeled and finely chopped carrots
1 cup onions, finely chopped
2 cups milk
2 tbsp macaroni or conchiglie (shell pasta)
1 tbsp finely chopped parsley
2 tbsp butter or olive oil
salt and black pepper (kalimirch) powder to taste

To be ground into a pesto
12 to 14 basil leaves
2 to 3 walnuts (akhrot), halved
1 large clove garlic (lehsun)
1 tbsp olive oil or oil

For the garnish
4 tbsp grated processed cheese
Method
  1. Heat the butter in a pan, add the potato, carrots and onions and sauté for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add the milk, macaroni, 2 cups of hot water, salt and pepper and simmer for about 10 to 12 minutes until the pasta is cooked.
  3. Just before serving, reheat the soup, add the parsley, prepared pesto and mix well.
  4. Serve hot, topped with the cheese.

Tips
  1. You can add 2 teaspoons of ready pesto instead of the paste mentioned above. Add the pesto just before you serve the soup as it will retain its colour
Accompaniments

Broccoli Pizza Pie 
Peach Lettuce Salad, Peach Lettuce Pizza Strips Salad 
Pumpkin Gnocchi Florentine 
Tomato and Basil Bruschetta 

Nutrient values per
Energy279 cal
Protein9.3 g
Carbohydrates22.7 g
Fiber1.5 g
Fat15.9 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Vitamin A545.9 mcg
Vitamin B10.1 mg
Vitamin B20.1 mg
Vitamin B30.9 mg
Vitamin C14.5 mg
Folic Acid19.9 mcg
Calcium239.1 mg
Iron0.8 mg
Magnesium0 mg
Phosphorus0 mg
Sodium78.3 mg
Potassium267.7 mg
Zinc0.4 mg

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