Simple Minestrone Soup

As it starts to get cold, I find myself more and more drawn to soups! Easy to make and they will keep you warm; it feels so nice to curl up on the couch with a pipping bowl of steaming hot scrumptious soup.

Tonight, I made Minestrone.  Minestrone is a very versatile Italian soup.  Vegetables, beans, meat or no meat, it is up to you!
I modeled my soup after the Easy Minestrone Soup from the Two Peas & Their Pod food blog.

Simple Minestrone Soup

Ingredients:

  • ~2 tablespoons oil (I like olive oil)
  • 1/2 to 1 onion
  • 3 peeled carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 cans (14 oz) of tomatoes (diced are easier to work with, but whole tomatoes can be smashed)
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic (diced/minced)
  • 7 cups water (I use bouillon cubes for seasoning, but if you prefer broth: use 4-5 cups chicken/beef/vegetable broth and 2-3 cups water, again this is preference)
  • 1 can beans (Great Northern beans, cannellini beans)
  • 1-1 1/2 cups favorite pasta noodles (such as elbow macaroni)
  • Cooked ground beef (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Cheese for garnish (optional)

In large pan, heat oil.  Add the onions, garlic, carrots, and celery.  Cook until onions brown and the carrots and celery heat up (~5 minutes).  Add the tomatoes and then the broth/water.  Then add the beans, ground beef, and uncooked pasta.  Add the oregano and basil.  Cook until the noodles and vegetables are tender (to your liking).  This may take up to 35 minutes or so, but shouldn’t be any longer!  Then serve into favorite soup bowls and top with a little cheese! Enjoy!

Simple Minestrone Soup

Simple Minestrone Soup

Notes – add any vegetables you like! Green beans would be a good addition and even potatoes might be nice.

Also, I also just made the huancaina sauce and decided to put about 2 spoonfuls into my bowl.  This made the soup nice and creamy and was oh so delicious!

See you in the kitchen!

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