Tasty Tuesday: My Minestrone Soup

I really like vegetables and luckily so does my daughter. That’s why I make this when we want a real pot of comfort food without a lot of guilt. I leave this pot of soup out all day since there is no meat in it and by the end of the day it is always gone. My son even had two bowls this time around. He claims to not like all the veggies in it, but can’t resist the temptation of a homemade soup! Recipe below.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Onion

3-4 Cloves Garlic

1 Carton Chicken Broth

4 Cups Water

1/2 can Tomato Paste

1 & 1/2 cups chopped carrots

2 chopped zucchini

1 bunch celery

1/2 a bag frozen green beans

1/2 head chopped cabbage

Dried sweet basil flakes to taste

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Italian Seasoning to taste

Splash of lemon Juice

1/2 lb pasta shells or large elbow pasta

Optional: crushed red pepper flakes to taste

 

METHOD:

Chop onion and mince garlic. Saute in pot drizzled with olive oil for 3 minutes (add in crushed red pepper flakes at this point too if you are using them). Add carrots and celery and saute for additional 5-7 minutes adding a drizzle more of olive oil if necessary. Add chicken broth, tomato paste and water and stir until well combined. Season to your liking with dry seasonings or fresh if you have on hand. Add in lemon juice and bring to a rolling boil. Add in the zucchini and green beans and cook on high until zucchini is just starting to soften. Add in cabbage and turn off the heat, but keep pot on the burner. Cook pasta according to package directions in a separate pot. Drain pasta and add it to the veggie soup (the time it takes to cook the pasta will be the perfect amount of time for the cabbage to properly soften up in the soup).

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~ by oneshotbeyond on September 14, 2009.

7 Responses to “Tasty Tuesday: My Minestrone Soup”

  1. I can smell the yummy goodness all the way in KY!

  2. Your photography is really stunning, and your minestrone looks delicious. I love the cute little shell pasta!

  3. Cabbage and soup; perfect match.

  4. Comforting is right with this one!

  5. Can you run a bowl up to Vacaville for me?

    (between Sf and Sac)

  6. Definitely an appealing image. Lovely shot, such great clarity.

  7. […] Heather’s Minestrone Soup. […]

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