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No -chew Minestrone
This is a super quick, veggie packed Minestrone that tastes amazing and satisfies carb cravings without any chewing! Perfect for those recovering from orthognathic surgery or anyone that struggles with chewing. You can leave out the olive oil if you prefer, and don't worry about chopping the veggies perfectly, this is all going to go in a blender anyway!
Prep Time: 00:10
Cook Time: 00:20
4 rashers of streaky bacon (smoked tastes great with this)
1 large brown onion
2 large zucchini
1 teaspoon crushed garlic/2 cloves
5 roma tomatoes (any variety will do but roma are nice and sweet)
1 litre chicken stock
100 grams/3.5oz of rissoni pasta
a handful of fresh basil (dried will work too but fresh is so much better)
1Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan
2Chop the bacon into small chunks and add to the pan.
3Chop the Zucchini into 1cm sized chunks and add to the pan, stirring into the delicious bacon fat that should be rendering out by now. Allow to colour a little.
4In the mean time chop the tomatoes into 1 cm chunks and finely chop the garlic if you need to.
5Add the tomatoes and garlic and fry for a couple of minutes until the tomatoes start to break down and the garlic is fragrant.
6Add the stock and bring to a simmer.
7Allow to simmer for 10 minutes
8Bring a pot of water to the boil and par-cook the rissoni - give it about 3 minutes less than the instructions say. We want to finish cooking the pasta in the soup so it soaks up some of the flavour.
9Once the zucchini is tender, carefully ladle the soup into a blender, add the fresh basil and blend until completely smooth. Transfer the soup back into the saucepan.
10Reserve some of the pasta cooking water and strain the pasta. Add it to the soup and if it's looking a little thick, add some of the reserved pasta water until it's the consistency you like.
11Allow the rissoni to cook for 3 or four minutes in the warm soup and serve!
This soup feels hearty and satisfying but requires zero chewing! Of course, if you're lucky enough to be able to chew your food, skip the blender and use any small pasta of your choice.
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