Sunday, November 02, 2008

Most Excellent Minestrone

Minestrone SoupItalian food is always my favorite and even in the soup department it does not disappoint. Here's my favorite minestrone that I make over and over again--it's very easy and quite healthy and is perfect for a cold evening.

The list of ingredients is really more of a suggestion than anything--find your own tasties to add to the mix.

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 small onion, diced
12 ounces diced ham
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
8 cups of chicken broth
1 14-ounce can of chick peas, undrained (or pinto beans)
1 14-ounce can of quartered artichoke hearts, undrained (or a small zucchini, sliced)
1 28-ounce can of petite diced tomatoes (or chunkier if you like)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup whole wheat penne or elbow macaroni
freshly grated parmesan for topping

You can tell by my ingredients that it's kind of a casual thing to put together, substitute at will and it'll probably turn out terrific. Start by sauteing the onion, garlic, carrots and ham in the olive oil until the onions are soft, about five minutes. Add the broth, beans or chick peas, artichoke hearts or zucchini, tomatoes, oregano and spices. Note that I don't drain the beans or artichoke hearts merely because the water they're packed in has flavor--if you're watching your salt you might want to drain things.

Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes or so. Then bring things back to a boil and add the pasta, stirring to prevent it from clumping, then simmer until the pasta is ready--tender but still slightly chewy.

Serve with parmesan on top. You might note, too, that this is one of those soups where it's even better the second day--the flavors meld together just wonderfully.

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And just because I'm full of laughs today I'm posting this highly scientific quiz.

How long would YOU survive if you were chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor? I'm afraid I'd only make it 51 seconds at best. (Found at Joyful Days who is a joy to read).

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16 comments:

Heather of the EO said...

You would live 6 seconds longer than I would. I hope you wouldn't take that for granted, fully living every moment.

I want minestrone.

Annette Lyon said...

Goodness--another recipe I'll have to try.

Shannon said...

One of my husbands favorite soups is minestrone. . . and I've yet to make it for him. I may try this next Sunday ( : We have Soup Sundays at our house- a silly tradition, but if I can put something in the crockpot before we leave for church that's ready when we get home, it makes for a relaxing day. On the menu today is chicken noodle. Thanks for sharing. . .

Doll Clothes Gal said...

Looks yummy - this is definitely one to try.

Marivic_Little GrumpyAngel said...

I could survive 60 seconds with the raptor. BUT I know I can do it much longer especially if I had this yummy minestroni before I fight him :-)

thepipers said...

Wow, I think I have almost all those ingredients on hand. Yessss...

JENNIFER said...

oh my, I hate when you have to prioritize and reading Scribbit everyday has to go :)

I sure miss catching up everyday.

I guess I will have to make some minestrone to console myself and be happy with once a week "Scribbit fix" until I figure out how to dump something else from my schedule :)

SarahHub said...

This looks so good!

kayla said...

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Janet said...

Apparently I could last 54 seconds. I presume this is because I know a couple of choke holds.
That minestrone sounds yummy. Of course, I'd have to make a bunch of substitutions before hubby would eat it ...

Amy said...

That looks so yummy! I am trying a pasta fagoli recipe this month that is very similar. It is definitely the season for yummy soups.

It looks delicious!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

That soup looks delicious. What time is dinner?

I'm only good for 47 seconds. Dang.

illahee said...

ok, give me a baseball bat and we'll see how long that thing lasts...

...and my parents really enjoyed that one. my mom would last about 40 seconds, but my dad almost two minutes. i guess that's because he was in the military...

Camille P said...

I made this last night and it was delish! Thanks!

CountessLaurie said...

38 seconds... thanks, Michelle. Now I have that to worry about :-)

Gabrielle said...

I always wished I was Italian just to always eat Italian foods (and the people are great too :). I am cooking this soup right now and I can't wait to dish up a giant bowl! I deglazed with a little white wine for flavor and used a good pepperoni instead of ham (because I had pepperoni!). Just waiting for the parmesan on top and a spoon!!!! So excited!