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!

Published by John Chianelli, Writer

I am second. I will share my experiences, as a child of God, husband to Daniel, father, best friend, brother, son, leader, professor, writer and photographer. My intention for this blog is to be random, with no plan, no list, no direction and no expectations. Very different from how I lived my past life. My journey has been blessed by the mercy and grace of God and unwavering love. I hope you enjoy reading and sharing my experiences of hurts, laughter, discovery, friendships, Christ, and my family. Temenos is a safe circle where you can be yourself with peace of mind. Temenos originates from a Greek word which refers to a universal instinct to create a protected, safe space in which to heal, restore and regenerate yourself. My temenos circle is a place to be still and seek Jesus. It becomes my place to pray, reflect in the word of our Lord to shrink, grow in him, and heal my soul. What is your temenos circle? By: John Chianelli ©John Chianelli and Temenos Circle. 2016-2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog's author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided the full and clear credit is given to John Chianelli and Temenos Circle with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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