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)
Then add 1 can of chick peas, drained.
Now you have to add tomato paste. The recipe calls for 1 can but sometimes I like to add 2 especially if I’m adding a lot of vegetables. It’s your choice!
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?