Perfect for a cold winter night…

This is my favorite minestrone soup recipe. Perfect comfort food on a cold winters night. A crusty peasant bread, rounds this meal in a bowl. Simple to change the mood of the night.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion (chopped, small)
  • 3 zucchini (diced)
  • 1 cup green beans (frozen cut italian cut)
  • 3 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 garlics cloves (smashed)
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (i am fine with chicken, mom is not)
  • 32 oz grano padano tomatoes (chopped)
  • 16 oz kidney beans (red, drained)
  • 16 oz white beans (great northern, drained)
  • 3 carrots chopped small
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 4 cups baby spinach (fresh)
  • 1/2 cup shell pasta

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.
  • Saute onion, celery, carrot, garlic, green beans, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.
  • Add vegetable broth to pot, plus drained tomatoes, beans, hot water, and spices.
  • Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes
  • Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency.
  • Top with Parmesan cheese

Mangia il mio amico!

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