Thursday, January 27, 2011

My Minestrone

A friend asked me for my minestrone recipe that I use and it turns out that I kind of made my own up based on things I liked from other recipes and left out things I don't.  This is a crockpot recipe and I've never made it on the stove top based on how long it takes certain veggies to get soft enough for soup.  And like all soups, but especially this one, it's much better the 2nd day.  Is any soup better the first day?  This soup is still pretty good after 6 hours in the crock, but I love it the next day and after it's been in my freezer which is the main reason I've left the traditional pasta out of this version.  I know typical minestrone has pasta in it but I hate how slimy the pasta gets after the initial serving.  I guess if you really want it, you could cook it separately and throw it in for each serving of it but that's too much work for leftover soup, if you ask me.  This recipe needs a BIG crockpot and with all the ingredients, it fills mine up all the way.  So without further adieu:


4 cups chicken broth (or veggie/beef if you want)
3 cups water
3 cloves minced garlic
1 1/2 onions
chopped carrots (to your liking - I like a lot)
chopped celery (to your liking - I like a lot)
1 large zucchini, thinly sliced with skin on
frozen spinach (to your liking - maybe a cup or so?)
1 can kidney beans
1 can garbonzo beans
1 can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
2 T tomato paste (or more if you like)
1 T dried oregano
1 T dried basil
1/2 cup red wine (optional)
1/2 t salt (or more if you like)
pepper to taste

Saute garlic, onions, and celery in a few tablespoons of olive oil until both onions and celery are tender.  In crockpot, combine broth, water, and carrots.  Add the garlic/onion/celery mixture.  Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on high for 3-5 hours or low for 6-7.  Depends on how hot your crockpot gets.  It should be bubbling.  This is a soup I typically make on a weekend just before noon and eat for dinner later on.  (And then eat leftovers all week at work for lunch!)  Lots of fiber and veggies.  Oh, I just remembered I have half a batch in my freezer.  I think that will be getting a thaw soon.  YAY for leftover, frozen soups!


Heather said...

I dont think my crock is big enough! I can't wait to try this! It looks SO Yummy!!! Thanks.

Heather said...

This is the BEST soup ever! LOVED IT! Thank you so much for sharing. Our guests and us (is that proper English?) ate nearly the WHOLE CROCK. I thought I might have leftovers, but there was only 1 cup left for me to eat at lunch today! Need to make more again this week. Delish!