Some years ago we were spending Christmas at a holiday house on the NSW south coast and our son decided to bring his girlfriend. That was no problem until it came to cooking Christmas lunch – she was a vegetarian………. Vegetarian Christmas recipes were few and far between in those days and I ended up serving her a stuffed eggplant. I just wish I’d found this recipe as it’s much more colorful and I suspect she would have enjoyed it more. Especially as the power went out due to a bushfire in the area and we ended up cooking the entire meal on the bbq – it was a very Australian Christmas.
I guess you could also classify this as a minestrone soup. It has a lot less vegetables, but that actually makes it quicker to make – a lot less chopping. I like the taste of this one, the kidney beans, bacon and tomato soup I think go well together.
This is another of my minestrone soup recipes. It differs from the other one in just a few small ways. It has potato, cabbage and Haricot beans and also less pasta, but the same rule applies about making it up to the marked area before adding the pasta. Either version works really well.
I’m deviating from Mum’s recipes this week because I made a pot of this minestrone soup for my family last Sunday and everyone said I should add the recipe to the collection. I always make it the day before up to the marked area, then reheat it the next day and add the pasta. If you add the pasta too early it can get a bit gluggy.
Everyone has a quick pasta recipe these days and at first glance this one doesn’t seem all that unusual, but back when Mum cut this one out it was a fairly new idea for her. At that time the only pasta dish she made spaghetti bolognese.
Zucchini don’t have a lot of flavour by themselves and it’s a bit unusual to find them in a salad, but this recipes which adds pasta, beans, mustard and red capsicums seems to take care of that problem.
This is a nice meaty pasta bake with carrot, celery and mushrooms cunningly hidden to fool those picky eaters. I like that you can make it and freeze it as it’s always great to have something in the freezer for those busy or lazy nights when you just don’t have time or feel like cooking.