Tuscan Vegetable Soup

Looking for a hearty vegetable soup that will get you through the cold and flu season?  Filled to the brim with veggies, cannellini beans for protein and of course some yummy sourdough bread for your carbohydrates, this Tuscan Vegetable Soup is the perfect, nutritious meal. Make a large batch on the weekend and you have a quick and healthy lunch option throughout the week.  Recipe from our friends at the Sydney Markets.  All ingredients can be sourced from the Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets.

Recipe by Georgia Houston from GH Nutrition
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
Serves 4-6

2 tbsp olive oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 zucchini, diced
1 large Desiree potato, peeled and diced
Pinch of dried chilli flakes
4 cups veggie stock
8 sage leaves
400g ripe tomatoes, diced (or use tinned)
3 stems cavolo nero or kale, leaves trimmed and chopped
400g cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
Grilled sourdough bread and a generous sprinkle of parmesan, to serve

To make
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often for 3-4 minutes, until very soft. 
Add carrots, celery, zucchini, potato and chilli flakes. Cook, stirring for 4-5 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.
Stir in stock, sage and tomatoes. Cover and bring to the boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30-35 minutes or until vegetables are tender. 
Stir in cavolo nero or kale and beans and simmer for 5 minutes or until leaves are tender.
Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve with crusty sourdough and a generous sprinkle of parmesan.

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