You'll need some good smoked fatty bacon - not sliced but a big uncut chunk, about 500g - some onions, garlic, carrot, cauliflower, broccoli, pasta and stock.
Heat a large soup pan and cut up the the bacon into chunks about 1cm cube. When the pans hot throw in the bacon and keep stirring it around. The aim is to get the fat melted.
Meanwhile roughly, or finely if you're posh, chop a couple or three onions. Once the bacon's looking good, chuck in the onion and keep things moving.
Now peel a head of garlic - yup the entire head not a single clove - and add the whole cloves to the pan. Season with salt and lots of pepper.
After a while add some light vegetable stock, a little at a time. Once you've covered the bacon, continue to at least double the volume and bring it to a nice simmer.
Chunky chop up the rest of the vegetables and add them to the soup. Stir, cover and leave to simmer for at least half an hour. Longer if you already have an open bottle of wine.
Towards the end of the cooking, add a couple of tablespoons of paprika [thought I'd forgotten this] and some small pasta bits; I use crushed up spaghetti. Once the pasta's done you're good to go.
Serve with crusty bread and lashings of red wine.
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