Monday 17 February 2014

Mexican World Tour Flavour Forecast : Mexicanestrone Soup

I told you a couple of days ago about "Mexican World Tour" being one of the culinary trends mentioned in the 2014 Flavour Forecast put together by McCormick, the mother-company of UK herbs and spices brand Schwartz. I decided to come up with a recipe combining Mexican and Italian cuisine in this Mexicanestrone Soup, a Mexican twist on the classic Minestrone soup. It's a really chunky, warming, satisfying soup and is also a great way of using up leftover pasta.

Mexicanestrone Soup

ingredients :

2 onions, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
2 tins chopped tomatoes (& 2 tins water)
1 large tin red kidney beans
1 tbsp Schwartz Oregano
1 tbsp Schwartz Garlic Minced
1 tsp Schwartz Onion Salt
2 tbsp Schwartz Chillies Crushed
2 tbsp Smoky Chipotle Sauce
1 tbsp Schwartz Smoked Paprika
1 Schwartz Whole chilli
2 Bay Leaves
Leftover cooked pasta
Diced Feta

In a large pot, gently fry the onions and green peppers in a little olive oil, until they are softened but only slightly coloured.

Add the two tins of tomatoes and two tins of water, the kidney beans and the spices. Stir  then add the bay leaves and whole chilli. Leave to simmer for 1/2 hour.

Remove the bay leaves and whole chilli and add the leftover cooked pasta. Stir and leave to simmer for a further ten minutes.

Serve in bowls and top with diced feta. This can be accompanied with strips of tortilla to dip into it.

Disclosure : This is an entry in the Foodies100/Tots100 Flavour Forecast recipe challenge with Schwartz/McCormick. 

 In 2014, global flavour leader McCormick, parent company of leading herbs and spices brand Schwartz, is celebrating its 125th anniversary. The yearlong celebration kicks off with the launch of the 125th Anniversary Edition of the Flavour Forecast (which I told you about here) and the Flavour of Together programme, with the goal of connecting people around the world as they share 1.25 million stories about the special role food and flavour play in our lives.  They would love for you to share your own flavour stories too and the company has pledged to donate $1 to United Way Worldwide and its UK partner Focus on Food for every story shared on the Schwartz website, Facebook page or other social channels.

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