A big fat yum to this - so much flavour and, like most of things I cook, quick and easy! It may not win any beauty contests but this Thai inspired dish has a perfect balance of salty, sweet and sour notes with tasty chunks of chicken and veg and skinny rice noodles hiding at the bottom. Veg-wise, sub in whatever you have that cooks quickly - I used courgettes instead of green beans. Tamarind paste/purée is in pretty much all big supermarkets now or available at Chinese shops.
This is the recipe for those veg bits lurking in the bottom of your fridge at the end of the week - potatoes, swede, kale, turnip, cabbage, parsnips, carrots, celery, onions, leeks, hardy herbs like rosemary, oregano, thyme.. Don't buy orzo pasta especially, mini macaroni or broken up spaghetti work just as well. Throw in a parmesan rind for extra umami. Minestrone is one of those soups that is adaptable, don't be afraid to experiment. Bacon is an excellent addition if you are carnivorous.