Istrian manestra

Istrian manestra – thick soup made with potatoes, beans, cured meat and seasonal vegetables

Beans

Serves 6
Ingredients
• 1 kg beans
• 1/2kg (approximately) dried meat or bacon
• 1/2kg potatoes
• 1 onion
• 1 carrot
• 1 clove of garlic
• bay leaf, some Vegeta seasoning, pepper, spoon of concentrated tomato puree, parsley, celery (add other seasoning or vegetables to taste)
• browned flour
• some oil
• 1-2 tbsp flour
• approx. 2dl water
• 1 tsp ground red pepper

Sweet corn maneštra

Serves 4
Ingredients
• 500 g sweet corn
• 100 g beans
• 500 g potatoes
• 100 g dried bacon
• 100 g dried meat or prosciutto
• 3 cloves of garlic
• parsley and celery leaves
• 50 ml olive oil
• salt, pepper, 1 tbsp Vegeta seasoning

Chickpea maneštra

Serves 4 – 6
Ingredients
• 250 g beans
• 300 g chickpeas
• 2 – 3 potatoes
• 200 g peeled tomatoes (pelati)
• 100 g dried bacon
• 3 cloves of garlic
• parsley, celery leaf
• salt, freshly ground pepper, bay leaf, 1 tbsp Vegeta seasoning

Broad bean maneštra

Serves 4
Ingredients
• 0.5 kg white dried beans
• 200 g broad beans
• 2 potatoes
• 2 cups pasta
• some rosemary and bay leaves, Vegeta seasoning, pepper
• some flour, oil and red pepper

Fennel maneštra

Serves 4
Ingredients
• 150 g dried beans (trešnjevac)
• 3 – 4 carrots
• 500 g potatoes
• 150 g fennel
• 1 onion
• 3 cloves of garlic
• 3 – 4 tbsp olive oil
• salt, red peppercorns
• 1 bay leaf
• pinch of marjoram and caraway
• chopped parsley

Barley maneštra

Serves 4
Ingredients:
• 200 g lentils and 200 g barley
• 1 onion
• 3 – 4 cloves of garlic
• 2 – 3 carrots
• piece of celery root
• parsley
• olive oil
• bay leaf, salt, pepper, peperoncino to taste

Vegetable maneštra

Serves 4 – 6
Ingredients
• 7 carrots
• 3 potatoes
• 1 tomato
• 1 1/2 cup dried legumes (beans, lentils)
• 200 g fresh green beans
• 2-3 fresh chard leaves
• 1 small red onion (or leek)
• seasoning (salt, pepper)