Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Minestrone Soup

Well, here in Virginia we are getting some SNOW!  I know I'm an Iowa girl and my midwest friends are laughing at us down her complaining. Yes, yes. I know it is forty degrees warmer here than it is up there. I know. 

But cold is cold, and I'm no fan! 

I do love some warm-weather soups though! Check out this soup so filled with veggies it has to help keep those cough/colds at bay! 

For those of you BUSY MOMS out there, feel free to DOUBLE this recipe and freeze it for another snowy day! 

(Note: If you freeze it, LEAVE OUT THE PAST and all the steps after it. As you re-heat it in a dutch oven and add pasta/other steps after it is warm again) 

You will need: 
2 teaspoons coconut (or olive) oil
1 medium yellow onion
2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
2 teaspoons garlic
2 medium yellow squash, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 package frozen corn
6 Roma tomatoes, chopped & divided (Roughly into 1 cup and 3 cup amounts)
42 oz chicken broth, divided into 14 oz each
1/2 cup uncooked ditalini pasta (whole wheat is best!) 
1 - 15.5 oz. can Great Northern beans, rinsed & drained
1 - 6 oz. bag of fresh baby spinach
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 oz. (1 cup) grated Asiago cheese

Here is how you do it: 
Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium high heat.
Add onion to pan; sauté 3 minutes, until softened.
Add oregano and garlic; sauté 1 minute.
Stir in squash, zucchini, carrot, and corn; sauté until vegetables are tender, usually about 5 minutes.
While the vegetables are cooking, place 3 cups chopped Roma tomatoes and 1 can of broth in a blender; blend until smooth.
 Add the tomato mixture to the pot. Stir in remaining 1 cup Roma tomatoes and remaining 2 cans of broth; bring to a boil. reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes.

Add pasta and beans to pot; cook 10 minutes until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat. Stir in spinach, salt, and pepper.
Ladle soup into bowls and top each bowl with 2 tablespoons of cheese.