Winter is no longer coming, it’s most definitely here! The good news is, it’s the season for hearty warm delicious meals enhanced with Kangaroo Island Fresh Garlic’s dehydrated range.

If you haven’t tried them, our garlic granules and powder will add the delicious taste of Kangaroo Island garlic to your winter meals.

Use our granules to make this delicious and hearty minestrone soup to keep you warm in this chilly weather.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield: 6 bowls

1 tsp Kangaroo Island Garlic Granules
2 tsp water
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
2 medium ribs celery, chopped
¼ cup tomato paste
2 cups chopped vegetables (potatoes, zucchini, green beans or peas)
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 large can (800g) diced tomatoes, with their liquid
4 cups vegetable stock
2 cups water
2 bay leaves
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup elbow or small shell pasta
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups baby spinach
Parmesan cheese, for garnishing

Warm 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add the chopped onion, carrot, celery, tomato paste. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables have softened and the onions are turning translucent, about 7 to 10 minutes.
Rehydrate the garlic granules by adding 2 tsp of water to 1 tsp of garlic granules, let stand until softened.
Add the seasonal vegetables, garlic, oregano and thyme. Cook while stirring for 2 minutes.
Pour in the diced tomatoes, stock and water.
Raise heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil, then partially cover the pot with the lid. Reduce to a simmer.
Cook for 15 minutes, then remove the lid and add the pasta, beans and greens. Continue simmering, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.
Remove the pot from the heat, then remove the bay leaves.
Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Garnish with Parmesan.

If you have or can get a parmesan rind, add that into the soup after step 4 to add a gourmet flavour.
If you want you can add some bacon around step 3 - YUM!

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