Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Homemade Minestrone Soup

A great recipe for a snow day! It's very easy to make, and inexpensive as well: our local dollar store has most of the ingredients (except the garbanzo beans.)

Kathy's Minestrone

1 can garbanzo beans
1 can diced tomatoes (or whole tomatoes, cut up)
1 can red kidney beans
6 cups beef broth
1/2 medium onion, sliced
2 stalks of celery, sliced
5 baby carrots, slivered
2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp)
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp rosemary
dash of salt and pepper
1 cup medium shell pasta

Mix all ingredients except the pasta in a large stockpot (Do not drain the liquid from the cans of beans and tomatoes.) Cook for about 3 hours at a simmer, then bring to a full boil and add the pasta to the soup. Cook as directed on the pasta package. After the pasta is cooked, remove the soup from the heat and serve.

Here's a picture of the soup simmering on the stove (haven't added the pasta yet.) The whole house smelled great---just the way you want it to on a cold day!

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Can also add half a package chopped spanich for some extra flavor (and iron)!