Chickpea Recipes

Beef and Veg Minestrone recipe

This yummy Italian-inspired soup is perfect for serving for dinner for the whole family, as its really quite simple. Beef mince is simmered with a simple vegetable tomato soup base and then dried spaghetti and chickpeas are added to add bulk.


250g minced beef
300ml beef stock
2 rashers of bacon
2 carrots
1 onion
2 celery sticks
400g tin chopped tomatoes
400g tin chickpeas, drained
50g spaghetti, broken into pieces
2 tsp. dried herbs
1/2 tsp. dried chilli flakes
Salt and pepper
1 bay leaf
1 tbsp. oil

Method of Preparation:

  1. Dry fry the mince until browned and place into a large saucepan.

  2. Finely chop the bacon, onion, celery and carrots. Heat the oil in the frying pan you used to cook the mince and then cook the bacon until browned. Add the veg and fry for 15 minutes or so, then add the mixture to the pot with the mince in.

  3. Add the tomatoes, bay leaf, herbs, chilli flakes, beef stock and salt and pepper. Simmer for twenty minutes.

  4. Add the chickpeas and spaghetti and simmer for another ten minutes, then remove the bay leaf before serving.

Sprinkle the soup with cheese before serving, if you like, or serve with warm garlic bread or just plain warm ciabatta. This recipe serves six people.

Author: Laura Young.

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250gabout 9 oz (8.81825 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
300mlabout 1 ¼ cups (1.268 cups based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)
400gabout 14 oz (14.1092 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
50gabout 2 oz (1.76365 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)


Published: October 12, 2011
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