My favorite thing about this time of year when it starts to get cold is making soup. I love soup. I think I could eat it every night and for the most part, it's pretty healthy. Extra bonus! I love making Minestrone because there are just so many veggies in there. I also love to load it up with ditalini which really makes it a comfort food for me and fills me up for hours.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
2 Tbsp.olive oil
2 Lg carrots diced
2 Lg celery stalks diced
1 Medium onion
3 Garlic cloves minced or more!
1/4 Pound of green beans cut into 1/2 inch pieces
6 Cups of water
1/2 Tsp of dried oregano
1 Small head of cabbage shredded
1 Medium zucchini diced
2 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes
3 Veggie bullion cubes. (I use Rapunzel Veggie Bullion with herbs)
1/2 Cup Ditalini Pasta
10 oz Bag of spinach chopped
1 15-19oz Can of cannellini beans
1/4 Cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp Garlic powder
1 tsp Onion powder
WHAT DO I DO?
You can't really screw this soup up. The only advice I can give you is if you plan on freezing this soup do not cook the pasta in it. Cook the pasta separate. Otherwise it will be super mushy when you reheat.
Start by heating the olive oil in a med/large stock pot on medium heat. Add onions and cook for a few minutes.
Add carrots, celery, and garlic and saute until onions are clear. Add cabbage and saute for a few more minutes. add garlic powder,onion powder, and oregano and mix through.
Add the 6 cups of water, 3 bullion cubes, cannellini beans, and two cans of diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and then turn down to a strong simmer.
Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a simmer again until the carrots are tender.
if you are cooking the pasta in the soup add with the last ingredients, otherwise cook separate and add when the soup in complete.
Now you might notice in the picture that the beans are black. This is because when I purchase beans I buy them in bulk. So when I run out I'm in complete shock and wonder where the endless supply of beans went. So when I went to make my Minestrone I had to improvise. To my surprise, the soup was totally delicious. I also spilled about a cup of nutritional yeast in the soup, no worries, still tasted great. How many of you can relate to these things.
As usual my taste testers Daisy and Max had my back and cleaned up my kitchen mess for me.
I hope you enjoy this easy to make soup. More to come, winter is just starting in Syracuse!
Tina , Daisy, and Max