Seasonal recipe: Minestrone soup
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 5 carrots, sliced
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups water
- 4 cups tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
- 1 cup canned kidney beans, drained
- 1 (15 ounce) can green beans
- 2 cups baby spinach, rinsed
- 3 zucchinis, quartered and sliced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup seashell pasta
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese for topping
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
In a large stock pot, over medium-low heat, heat olive oil and sauté garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. Add celery and carrots, sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.
Add chicken broth, water and tomato sauce, bring to boil, stirring frequently. If desired add red wine at this point. Reduce heat to low and add kidney beans, green beans, spinach leaves, zucchini, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, the longer the better.
Fill a medium saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add macaroni and cook until tender. Drain water and set aside.
Once pasta is cooked and soup is heated through place 2 tablespoons cooked pasta into individual serving bowls. Ladle soup on top of pasta and sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Spray with olive oil and serve.
- To make this in a large crock pot, sauté the garlic and vegetables as directed in #1. You can use a sauté pan instead of a large stockpot, though. Then dump sautéed vegetables into the crock pot and add everything that is in #2. Cook on low 6 – 8 hours. When the soup is done cooking, continue with #3 & #4.
- If you don’t have fresh herbs, use 1 teaspoon dried oregano and 2 teaspoons dried basil. If I didn’t have those herbs growing in my garden and was going to go to the expense of buying just one of them, I’d go with buying fresh basil and using dried oregano.
- This makes a huge pot of soup. Share some with an elderly neighbor, your kids’ crossing guard, or someone else’s day you’d like to brighten up.
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