Tuscan Recipes

We’ve added a couple of new Tuscan Potager to Plate recipe cards for you this year. One features the Minestrone Soup recipe below and another for “Frittata”.

Both recipes feature seasonal vegetables and are useful, quick and tasty standbys in our culinary repertoires.

Recipe: Italian Minestrone Soup

Ingredients
1 onion (thinly sliced)
2 carrots (cubed)
2 celery sticks (cubed)
2 chopped garlic cloves
2 tbsps Olive oil
1 diced potato
1 cubed courgette
100g green beans chopped
100g chopped tomatoes
Juice from 1 lemon
1 litre good vegetable stock
75g ministrone pasta
Fresh basil leaves

 

Method:
Heat olive oil in a large pan on a low heat.
Add chopped onion, carrots, celery and garlic and cook for 10 mins.

Now add the diced potato, courgette, green beans and tomatoes, season with black pepper and lemon juice and cook for a couple of mins.

Add 1l of veg stock and simmer for @ 20 mins.

Finally add your minstrone pasta and a handful of fresh, torn basil leaves and simmer until the pasta is “al dente”. Enjoy with crusty bread, oil/vinegar and grated parmesan cheese.

Spring Temptation

Now Spring seems to be here don’t forget to include a little Orangery indulgence during your visits to the Gardens.  It mightn’t often be warm enough to sit out and relax on the tearoom terrace but it’s always cosy and inviting inside the Orangery.  Seen here just before opening time the stylish houseplants and statues on their window pedestals are waiting along with the Orangery ladies to tempt you!