Some people drink raw eggs in a hope to prolong the life, but the longest-running family that comes from Sardinia has one amazing recipe – minestrone soup! Dan Buettner in his book “The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People” gives advice by examining the diet and the habits of the longest-lived and healthiest people on the planet.
What kind of soup is that?
The Sardinian family eats this soup every day. You would have probably got tired from eating the same soup every day.
But, if you find out that this habit can ensure you to live 100 years, would you change your mind?
The basic ingredients of this soup are beans and fregula, a pasta that is so popular in Sardinia, and the other ingredients are different every day, according to the book where the author brings the recipe for this soup, and he notes that, if you can’t buy fregulu, you can substitute it with couscous.
- Leave beans (various kinds) and chickpeas in a water overnight. Before you prepare them, drain them and rinse them well.
- In one pot on medium heat put 3 tablespoons of olive oil, add celery, onion and carrot, and stir them until tender. After 5 minutes, add the chopped garlic and stir the soup for about 20 seconds.
- Stir potatoes, tomatoes, parsley, fennel, beans, basil and chickpeas. Add 6 to 8 cups of water, so that all of the ingredients are submerged.
- Then, turn up the heat and cook the soup until it boils. After that, turn the volume and simmer the soup until the beans are tender. Add more water if the mixture is too thick. Cook the soup for about one hour and a half.
- Then, add the pasta, pepper and salt.
- Serve the soup with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
Note: You can add to this soup any fresh vegetable, but it doesn’t have to contain toxic pesticides: cabbage, zucchini, broccoli, green beans, cauliflower…