Corsican Minestra

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READY IN: 1hr 50mins
Recipe by KateL

Entered for safe-keeping. From The ham hocks or gammon are good substitutes for air-dried Corsican ham. (Gammon is a cured or smoked ham, or the lower part of a side of bacon.) Serve with a hearty Portuguese red wine, such as Douro Callabriga.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a really large pan, add the onion, garlic and leek, and cook gently for 3–4 minutes.
  2. Drain the soaked beans and add to the pan with the potatoes, carrots, celery, tomato, rosemary, dried oregano and 2 liters water. Add the ham hock or gammon to the pan and press the pieces down into the soup so they are totally submerged. Bring everything to a simmer and leave to cook, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  3. Add the green beans, courgettes, cabbage, tagliatelle and fresh oregano and simmer for a further 15–20 minutes until the soup is thick.
  4. If using ham hock, remove the pieces, pull the meat off the bone and tear it into small chunks. Discard the skin and bone and stir the ham back into the soup.
  5. Add the parsley and up to 500ml hot water to loosen it slightly.
  6. Season with pepper.
  7. Serve in large, warmed soup bowls, drizzled with a little more olive oil.

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