This past Sunday was cold. And rainy. And just kind of generally yucky weather. And my friends know that I hate the cold. They also know that I’m notorious for decorating for Christmas as soon as it drops below 65 degrees. So on Sunday, two different people asked me if I had decorated for Christmas yet. Which literally made me laugh out loud. I’m bad about decorating early, but so far I haven’t decorated in October… yet. 😉
Anyway, it may not be quite time for me to decorate for Christmas, but this cold and rainy weather makes it the perfect time for soup! We’ve been enjoying minestrone around these parts. The base of this recipe is one I got from my mom and the rest of it is a mix of a couple of others I’ve seen floating around the internet. It’s so absolutely delicious!
1 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large sweet onion, chopped
8 cups beef broth
4 cups water
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (14.5 oz) can French style green beans, drained
2 cups cabbage, shredded
2 whole carrots, diced
1 small zucchini, diced
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp ground sage
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp rosemary
1 bay leaf
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 oz) can cannellini beans
2 cups shell pasta
1. In large soup pot, sauté garlic and onion in olive oil until soft.
2. Stir in broth, water, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, green beans, cabbage, carrots, zucchini, salt, pepper, sage, basil, oregano, rosemary, and bay leaf.
3. Mix well, bring to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer slowly 1 hour.
4. Bring back to boil. Add kidney beans & pasta. Cook 15 minutes until pasta is tender. Ladle into bowls and serve.
I know that seems like a lot of ingredients, but if you notice – it’s a lot of different spices that you probably already have around the kitchen. And if you keep your pantry stocked with canned goods then you really only will need to buy the fresh vegetables. So it’s not near as complicated as the length of the ingredient list makes it seem. 🙂 Enjoy, my friends!
Is it soup weather where you are?
Does anyone else decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving? Typically on the first cold day in November, you’ll find me decorating. I love Thanksgiving, but I have absolutely no problem celebrating Thanksgiving surrounded by Christmas decor. 😀