Vegetable Minestrone

Hubby with cold+
Fridge full of veggies+
Fresh beans from neighbor=
Veggie Minestrone!!

So now that we’ve figured out that equation, here’s what I am eating for lunch today:

lunch today

Here are the veggies to chop:

assemblage

Watch it simmer in the pot:

souping

I am enjoying a bowl of it while my baby naps!

hello!

The best part about this soup is that it is easy adaptable. You can add whatever veggies you have on hand.

Enjoy with a crusty piece of bread! And know that you knocked down a HUGE chunk of your vegetable requirement for the day!


Summer Vegetable Soup



-1 large onion chopped
-1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
-32 oz. container chicken stock
-3 zucchini chopped
-1 1/2 cup shredded carrots (that’s what I had on hand- you can chop up like 2 carrots or so)
-1 16oz. can cannellini beans
-1 cup chopped green beans
-3 large cloves garlic smashed
-1/2 cup macaroni (short elbows)
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1 tablespoon curry powder
-1 dash of cayenne pepper
-salt & pepper to taste
-a quick glug of red wine vinegar

TO DO:

Saute onion & garlic in the olive oil in a large soup pot until translucent on medium high heat. Add chicken stock, curry powder & cayenne pepper. Add vegetables and bring to a boil. Add macaroni and continue to simmer for about 10 minutes. Add beans. If the soup looks too thick- with not enough broth, add a bit of water to thin it out. Taste to see if it needs salt & pepper. 5 minutes before you are done, add that glug of the red wine vinegar. It will add a nice little tang to the soup. The whole process should take less than 40 mins.

Enjoy!

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18 Comments

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  • July 8, 2009

    Haha, love the feet on the chair photo!! The soup looks perfect.

  • July 9, 2009

    Isn’t soup great?!! Looks good!

    • July 14, 2009

      Kate- SOUP IS GREAT. For sure!

  • July 9, 2009

    looks delicious!

  • grace
    July 13, 2009

    just wanted to say thank you for the recipe; I made it and it was very good even on a hot summer weekend (I cannot remember how i found your blog it was thru someone else’s but anyways thanks again great recipe) – grace

    • July 14, 2009

      thank you grace! i am so glad you liked it! I think it will be great in the winter too!

  • July 14, 2009

    this looks so good! i’m going to have to sub the chicken stock for veggie, and try this out. mmm.

    • July 14, 2009

      kristen- you will love it! it’s soo easy!

  • July 16, 2009

    ooh yum.

    found you via Frecklewonder (Jenny)-
    glad I clicked the click.

    now I am hungry.

    • July 16, 2009

      vanessa- let me feed you!

  • July 17, 2009

    I’m on my way over, tee hee.

  • August 28, 2010

    I made this the other night. It was so good and so easy, thanks for sharing.

  • petesjoy
    August 17, 2011

    To make this more minestrone-like I added the rind of a parmesan to the pot whilst it was simmering. I’ve tried better veggie minestrone recipes, but it was a good, quick mid-week meal. I garnished with some chopped flat leaf parsley and grated parmesan.

  • October 12, 2012

    Hi!
    It’s soup season and I have a list of soup recipes to try. Last night I decided to make a version of this minestrone and I am so happy with the result. Thank you for posting easy and quick yet delicious meal recipes! I love how adaptable this recipe is and that the ingredients are the sort that are always hanging around — no extra shopping necessary! I definitely will be turning to this recipe often.

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