Hearty Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

This is a busy time of year, and it’s perfect-for-soup weather.  What a great combination for my 40-minute minestrone!  The first trick to 40-minutes is using pre-diced cabbage and already minced garlic.  The next is proper staging: first cut the celery, onion, and carrots.  While this round of veggies is cooking (with added garlic and cabbage), start cutting the next round of veggies:  potatoes and zucchini.  When these are added, start cooking the noodles, chop the spinach and rinse the beans.  There is nothing better than homemade soup on a cold winter night!  Enjoy!!

Hearty Minestrone (6 main dish servings)

¼ cup olive oil

1 medium stalk celery, sliced

1 medium onion, diced

6 mini peeled carrots (or one large carrot), sliced

1 clove garlic, minced

1-16 ounce package ‘homestyle diced’ cabbage

1-16 ounce can petite diced tomatoes

5 cups water

2 beef flavored bouillon cubes

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

¼ teaspoon dried oregano leaves

¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced

1 large zucchini, cut into bite-sized pieces

1-15 ounce can red kidney beans, drained

2 cups packed fresh spinach, chopped

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, cook carrots, celery, onions, garlic, and cabbage until vegetables are slightly browned, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add tomatoes with their liquid and the next 8 ingredients, over high heat, bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until vegetables are tender, 10-20 minutes.  Add beans and spinach, heat thoroughly and season to taste.  Serve over cooked elbow noodles.  Top with parmesan cheese.

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3 responses

  1. when I read the recipe yesterday and found that I had everything except the cabbage on hand, and not yet having a dinner plan, I decided to make it. To make up for the lack of cabbage, I added another carrot and more celery and also put a couple of handfuls of dry pasta right into the soup. DELICIOUS!!! I bet this would be good with some Italian sausage or small meatballs too…

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