Saturday, November 19, 2011

Minestrone Soup with Pasta, Beans and Vegetables

Minestrone is a traditional Italian soup that can be prepared in a variety of ways. The title comes from minestra, the Italian word for soup, and basically means "one big soup." This recipe is adapted from one listed on the Food Network website. It is vegetarian, utilizing the fresh vegetable stock I made a few days ago. What I like most about this recipe is that it can be made in the Crock Pot. Counting what went into making the broth there are about 15 vegetables in this soup. Here's how I made it:

3 cups of vegetable broth (click here for the recipe for homemade vegetable broth)
One 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
One 15 oz. can (white cannellini or navy) beans, drained
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. dried sage
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup of kosher salt (this is optional, but I need some good salt)
1/4 of ground black pepper (to your liking- this is mine)
1/2 cup of pastina (You can substitute here- my kids like pastina stars)
1 medium zucchini, chopped
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach
1/4 cup of grated Pamesan cheese
bread on the side
Add the zucchini, spinach and pasta about one hour before soup is done.

In a slow cooker, combine broth, tomatoes, carrots, beans, celery, onion, thyme, sage, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. One hour before the soup is done cooking add the pasta, zucchini and spinach. Remove the bay leaves (if you can find them) before serving. Add Parmesan cheese and serve.  

1 comment:

Milk Man said...

Job well done.

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