Primorska-Style Minestrone

Primorska-Style Minestrone. Photo: Tomo Jeseničnik


2 l (8 cups) water or stock

1 kg (2 1/5 lb) diced vegetables – cauliflower, celery root, carrots, cabbage, leek, kohlrabi, etc.

50 g (1 3/4 oz) smoked bacon

2 tbsp oil

1 finely chopped onion

4 tbsp rice

2 tbsp tomato purée or 5 fresh tomatoes

2 tbsp parmesan cheese

Sauté chopped bacon and onion, then add vegetables, and fry for another ten minutes. Add water or stock, and let it simmer. When the vegetables are almost done, add rice, tomato purée, and salt. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. If you are using fresh tomatoes, sauté them at the beginning with other vegetables.