Thursday, February 3, 2011

Minestrone Soup

I was planning on having my next several posts be about sweets but since so many parts of the country are experiencing such cold weather I thought this would be more appropriate. I'm not big on soups and rarely make them. My husband and son both enjoy soup though so I thought I would try this one. It looked interesting and to be honest I had two big bags of spinach I needed to do something with already. You know how that buy something with every intention to use it in something and a week later it still sits in the fridge. I found this recipe in Woman's World. Have any of you ever checked out that magazine? It's been around for years and is so inexpensive! I can't get over how expensive some cooking magazines have become. My husband really enjoys buying cooking magazines and I tell him that he is just crazy to spend so much on them. Some of these magazines are as much as $10.00! That used to be the price of a book! I have subscription to some magazines - Woman's Day, Family Circle, Simple & Delicious....all pretty reasonable. Anyhow, Woman's World is a weekly magazine that has a nice little selection of recipes in every issue. They are always at the check out at your local grocery store.

Hope everyone is keeping warm. The good news is that the groundhog did NOT see his shadow and I am hoping it means an early spring!!!!

8 oz. dried or canned cranberry beans or 1 can (15.5 oz) cannelloni beans - Iused the cannelloni beans
1 onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
3/4 lb. chopped green leaf vegetables - I used spinach and cabbage, about 12 cups
2 zucchini, cubed - did not use this
1 potato, peeled
2 carrots, cubed
8 oz. short pasta, I used elbow
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Olive oil and grated Parmesan cheese
(I also threw in 4 chicken bouillon cubes for extra flavor)

If using dried beans, soak overnight in cold water. Drain beans; cook in water, 5 minutes. Drain and rinse, then cook in water according to package directions until tender. (Do not use salt water until beans are tender or skins will toughen). If using canned beans, drain and rinse in cold water before adding to soup.

In large pot, cook onion in oil over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in green leaf vegetables, zucchini, potato and carrots; cook 5 minutes. Pour in cooked beans and water (about 10 cups) to cover. Simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring often, topping off with additional water as necessary to maintain enough liquid to cook the vegetables.

When vegetables are cooked, add pasta. Season with salt and pepper. Serve as soon as pasta is tender. Dress each serving with oil and Parmesan.


Victor said...

Looks like a hearty minestrone soup. Isn't minestrone a tomato based soup? I'm probably wrong.

Debbie said...

Most minestrone soups do have tomato in them....guess this one is just different!!!!

teresa said...

mmmm, love this! killer flavors, and so healthy!

Julie said...

Oh man I love soup and this sounds wonderful. I know what you mean about those magazine prices...crazy!

Jenn said...

It definitely looks warm and inviting! Heck, it's even cold for us in the desert... I woke up to 28 degrees...that's almost unheard of!! BRRRRR!!!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I love minestrone! It's one of my favorite soups...yum!

Rachel said...

It amazes me how many different recipes there are for minestrone soup! I've only made the one my grandmother gave me, but yours looks so wonderful!

Catherine said...

Your soup looks delicious and in this cold weather who wouldn't want a bowl right now! I love soup.

Monica H said...

You're not kidding about the price of magazines these days- they're ridiculous!

it's not all that cold here, but this soup sure does look good.

Reeni said...

Your minestrone looks hearty and warming! Just what I need! It's so bitterly cold here. Magazines are insanely high priced but a lot of the food ones are super cheap if you subscribe to them.

Leslie said...

Cooking magazine have gotten pretty expensive!
This sounds like a delicious belly warming soup!

Katy ~ said...

Your soup looks FANTASTIC!! I only buy the specialty ones now, and then rarely. The cover has to grab me and I have to be overpowered by the promise of the tempting recipes inside :)