Monday, January 28, 2013

The Best Minestrone Soup Ever

It has been a very trying and busy few weeks for our family, so I made this soup.
Soup makes everything better and this recipe was comfort food at its best.
Delicious with crusty bread and a salad, I think the balsamic vinegar added a rich flavor to the base.
You will LOVE it.
It is one of those recipes you will make over and over through the years:).

The Best Minestrone Soup
{Original recipe from HERE...but of course I tweaked it.}
Serves 4 generously.
I doubled it for our family of 6.
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, or 2 TBS minced garlic
  • 5 cups (40 oz) chicken stock
  • 1 lb diced tomatoes with their juice
  • 2 large carrots (or a handful of baby carrots) sliced about ¼” thick
  • 4-5 large handfuls of spinach leaves (I use the bagged/pre-washed)
  • 1 14.5 oz can white beans (cannellini or great northern) rinsed
  • 1 T basil
  • 1 T oregano
  • 1/2 T sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 c. macaroni or shells { I substituted 4 large diced potatoes}
  • 2T balsamic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 T coarsely chopped fresh or dried parsley
  • Grated parmesan

    Saute onion and garlic in olive oil until translucent and then add the chicken stock, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes {if you choose},basil, oregano, sugar, and bay leaves.
    Cover partially and simmer for 20 minutes until carrots are tender. Add the pasta {if you choose} and cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes. Add the spinach, beans, balsamic vinegar and simmer until cooked. 
    Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with parsley and fresh parmesan.

    Oh yum!



~Julia

PS: Thank you ever so much for your kind words and condolences.
It meant so much:).

11 comments:

janice15 said...

It does look really yummy I copied it and gonna give it a try soon as I get well from this ugly flu..Have a great new week with love Janice

Kaitlin @ Homemaker Design said...

Oh this does look good - and I'm not a big minestrone soup fan. But I think I will give it a try - soup is NOT my forte! But I want to try this for sure! (and thanks for putting in the macaroni substitute - my family and I are now gluten free so that was helpful!) I hope your family is still finding comfort and healing in the Lord!! ♥ I will still be in prayer for you all!

Pur et Simple said...

I'll have to try YOUR recipe. I made a minestrone soup the other night. While cooking it, I asked one of my teenage sons to taste it to see what it needed...he replied with, "meat!". Sorta shoulda saw that one comin'!

Been thinking of you ever so much!
Love,
Carol

Gumbo Lily said...

It sounds absolutely delicious. It's supposed to turn cold here in the next day or so which will mean perfect soup days. I'll be trying this. Thank you!

isabella said...

I'd find you from passiondeco italian blog, I like your craft and the words you write on it.
ciao
isabella

Adrienne said...

Can't wait to make this. My husband LOVES minestrone!

Erika Roberts said...

I love cooking and trying new recipes. Haven't made minestrone but I think I will have to now. Just updated my spice cupboard, which has my love of cooking kicking into high gear. Thanks! mishmashedme dot blogspot dot com

Anonymous said...

This looks sooooo good! I like the idea of substituting the noodles for potatoes...this is a must try for
me....Corinne

Becky said...

I love Minestrone soup and this looks like the perfect recipe! We are in for some nasty cold weather here tomorrow, so think I will whip up a batch. Thanks!

Jennifer said...

Great recipe!
I doubled it and it worked out nice.
I used brown rice elbows, but didn't double those so the broth wouldn't get 'soaked up'
We really liked it :)

Anonymous said...

I made your recipe today for ladies bible study - a double batch in my slow cooker, subbed brown rice for the pasta/potato ( cause that's what I had in the house ) and it was a HUGE hit! The entire pot is gone! Thanks for the inspiration :-)
Chrissy D

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