I’m not a big fan of the un warm seasons, but when it does start to get cool out, I love to work on some nice soups. Ah who am I kidding, I make soups year round regardless of the weather!
One of my favorites is this minestrone soup. You know minestrone is basically Italian vegetable soup. My husband and I love it but I am thrilled that my kids are now lovin it too. It’s hearty, very low fat and delicious and so easy too.
You can really use any veggies you want but I generally use cabbage, carrots, celery, onion, zucchini and a potatoe.
Except today I had no onion and no zucchini (sometimes I keep a bag frozen for this recipe) and no substitute but it was just fine!
So, pour a little olive in a pan and saute a chopped onion (I had to subsitute with the dry onion from the jar) and 1 or 2 stalks of celery. You can also add garlic but I don’t. Saute around 5 minutes.
Then add 2 or 3 chopped carrots, and at least 1 cup of chopped cabbage (I didn’t have a zucchini or a potato but would have added 1 of each chopped) and saute for around 5 minutes. (You’ll notice my measurements are not exact — because some days I feel like more of one veg than the other. Put in as much or little veggies as you like)
In addition to the paste, you will need to add water. If you use 1 can add 8 cups of water. If you use 2 you can put in 10 -12 cups of water, or more.
Let this boil and then simmer for at least and hour. Then add around 1 cup of cooked pasta ( I use elbows).
Salt and pepper to taste….you’ll want to add at least a tablespoon of salt and keep adding as needed (which will depend on how much water you used). I like to use garlic salt. Sometimes I put hot pepper in my husband’s bowl for some kick.
When I tell you the kids LOVE it I’m not kidding!
I usually give it to them with a piece of cheese and a bowl of fruit.
My husband usually makes popovers with the soup. I’ll post that recipe some time.
I’m always looking for new soup recipes…what are you cookin up?