Thursday, November 1, 2007

Bonus Blog!

Today, I'm giving you 2 blogs. I'll be away this weekend and won't have time to give you a recipe tomorrow so, I figured I'd give it to you today. This recipe is sooooo easy and fast. Being Italian, it is almost taboo to use jarred pasta sauce but, in my real world I don't make homeade sauce every week and a good jarred sauce is a life saver when you're in a hurry. I said all that to say...this recipe calls for jarred sauce. I use Newman's Own which happens to be my favorite, and Wal-Mart sells it for a good price. With a few extra ingredients, this soup takes almost no time to prepare. Perfect for the nights you need to jet out the door, or don't feel like taking an hour to make dinner. Coupled with homeade bread or store bought :) this meal is great!
Easy Minestrone Soup
1 C. chopped onion
3 cloves sliced garlic
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
3 1/2 C. good chicken or vegetable stock (broth)
1 jar (16oz) good marinara sauce
1 can (15oz.) rinsed and drained red kidney beans or cannelini beans
3 ribs sliced celery
10 oz. frozen mixed vegetables
1 C. whole wheat elbow macaroni or other small shape pasta
In a large nonstick pot, cook 1 Cup chopped onion and garlic in the olive oil for 3 minutes over medium high heat. Add the chicken or vegetable broth, marinara sauce, beans, celery, and mixed vegetables. Bring to a boil and add the 1 Cup of pasta. Cook, covered, with lid slightly ajar, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve right away with grated parmesan cheese, if you'd like.
Very Delicious!

6 comments:

Sarah said...

Yum - thanks! I am always looking for quick suppers. I would love your marinara recipe if you ever have a minute. I'm not very good at making sauce yet :)

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I love quick soups! There are times when I like to have a soup simmering away on the stove all done long....nah!I have small children - I am all about quick and on the table, oh and healthy of course! :)

Thanks for the recipe. I love minestrone soup!

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I meant "day" not "done". Laptop keyboards and I don't get a long real well.

Katie said...

Sounds delicious...I am definately gonna try this recipe.

Sarah said...

Hey -
I looked for your email but didn't find it. I have an email link on my profile - if you can send the sauce recipe there, that would be great! Thank you :)

Katie said...

Hey Gina...I made this last night and it was delicous. Hey, do you think it would freeze well?