Minestrone Soup

This afternoon I was too lazy to make lunch, and invoked my powerful mantra to get the husband to cook for me. Today he made a delicious minestrone soup. Spring is in the air in Michigan along with fresh vegetables that have arrived in the markets, all in bright greens, reds, and yellows. Somehow the colors seem much more vibrant in the spring and summer. I picked up a fridge full of broccoli, celery, spinach, okra, eggplant, leeks, carrots, green banana, zucchini, beans, daikon, and nice ripe tomatoes. Armed with these vegetables, it was easy for Shankar to make a healthy vitamin enriched soup. We topped it with some grated Parmesan and dove in.

Minestrone Soup
3 cups vegetable stock, 3 large tomatoes, 1 cup of diced carrot/zucchini/and celery, a handful of broccoli, 2 small onions diced, 1 tbsp dried herbs (oregano, thyme, and basil), 1 tsp dried red chili flakes, cracked black pepper, 1/2 cup uncooked pasta (rotini)

1. Saute the onion in butter.
2. Add the zucchini, carrot, and celery. Salt and pepper them.
3. Add the tomatoes and cook down.
4. Add the stock and bring to a simmer. Add the herbs, seasonings, and salt.
5. Add the pasta and cook until al dente.
6. Just before its done add the broccoli for a few minutes so they are cooked but still crisp.

You could start this with 1 tsp of minced garlic as well for additional flavor. I think chickpeas would be good in this soup though my husband emphatically told me he does NOT do chickpeas in minestrone. Fair enough.

Verdict: This was an great quick soup that was quite satisfying. I recommend serving this with some crusty bread and butter.


Manjula said...

hmm..Its cold and raining here..hot soup is very tempting

Latha said...

Sounds yummy Kachana! If I can the husband at my home to make a cuppa cofi, then thats a great achievement! He's too spoilt! You have a keeper there :-)

TNL said...

That is one good lookin' soup...and that Parmesan cheese on top...ah,yes, I'll have some please.


Prema Sundar said...

Hi Kanchana,
Minestrone soup looks good. I too had blogged this last month. good picture..

I need a small favour from u. I have joined hands with revathi of 'en ulagam' to create an online index of tamil recipes.
We need a picture of south indian food served in banana leaf and we found that in urs and sharmis blog.
We need ur permission to use that picture.. If u would like to share pls let me know.

Seema Bhat said...

I love Minestrone soup and when we make it thats the appetizer and main course for us. Love it. Your version is a little different from mine. Will make it your way next time.