Monday, February 1, 2010

minestrone soup: a perfect snowy day lunch

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Was it just a couple of weeks ago that I blogged about spring like weather? Well, as expected, it was short lived. It snowed here on Saturday. We had lots of fun playing in the snow (for about ten minutes and then I was done). When it is cold all I want to eat is soup. Using what I had on hand I made this recipe up and it was DELICIOUS and easy!

erin's minestrone soup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small to medium onion, diced
4 carrots, cut into half moon shapes
2 zucchini, diced
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed (puree half the beans before adding to the soup, this is a great way to thicken the soup. it is cheap, easy and healthy)
2 14 ounce cans diced tomatoes, not drained
4 cups water
1/2 cup tiny pasta (orzo, acini di pepe or similar)
1-2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
parmesan cheese for garnishing

1. saute garlic and onion and butter and oil, 2 minutes. add zucchini and carrotts. continue to saute until vegetable are just starting to get tender about 10 minutes.
2. add seasonings, tomatoes, beans, water and pasta. bring to boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

serve, topped with parmesan cheese.

I made this bread recipe to go along with the soup. It was easy, quick and yummy!

***The book, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a gift from a dear friend. It is a fantastic book, I highly recommend it.


Clean Fresh Mommy said...

I make a similar soup and you're right, it is super easy and super delicious! Will have to try the bread recipe the next time soup's on!

Design A-Peele said...

looks yummy! I don't have time to make it so can I just come to your house ;)

Melissa said...

I was talking to my mom yesterday, and she was saying how much ice they had in their neighborhood! They have a slight hill at the end of their street before it connects with a major road. Because of the ice they weren't able to drive their cars up that hill! They were marooned in their own house for the weekend.

I hope the weather warms up for you (and us, too)!

NicoleFieldsPhotography said...

Yum, I am a soup addict! That buttery bread looks great too!

Nicole said...

Looks yummy! We have had lots of snow here too! My husband made beef stew yesterday. It was perfect for this cold weather.

liz stanley said...

oooh i love minestroni soup! my mother has a great recipe too, but i'd like to try yours as well

Steph said...

Mmmmmm, tasty. I love tomato-ey soups.

How do you like that book? It's been on my to-read list for a long time now.

Shanda said...

Yay! I'm making this today!

Anonymous said...

Yummy! I've never made this before.

Jamie Garlick said...

I made this last night and it was delicious! Thanks for the suggestions and the recipe. Of course, I adapted it a little to what I had on hand (celery instead of zucchini), and it turned out perfect!

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