Minestrone Soup for the Soul……

Or cold, which ever you prefer. I don’t know about the temperatures where you are, but in CT it has been freezing. I don’t think the temperatures in the state reached higher than the teens yesterday! For some reason, when it is cold I always want to stay in the house in my polka dot fleece pjs, with my snuggie (yes, I have a snuggie..lol), and a hot meal for my belly.

This time, I really wanted a bowl of soup and after flipping through the current issue of Real simple, I decided that I should make a bowl of Minestrone Soup. It met three requirements: 1. It was hot, 2. It was full of veggies, and 3. It was very easy and quick to make.

Here’s my results (the soup was topped with some grated parmesan):

Doesn’t that look tasty? It was very yummy! I know I say that for everything I post, but the wine (I added) melded very well with the tomatoes and other spices to give the soup a complex and favorable depth. So in short, yum!

Here’s the recipe(with my modifications in red):

Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 05m | Total Time: 15m



  1. Roughly chop the onion and then add it to the pot with a little canola oil and cook the onions until soft. Mince the garlic cloves and then add to the pot and saute with the onions for about 1 minute.
  2. In the same pot, over medium heat, add the tomatoes and their liquid. Bring to a simmer. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the broth, wine, tuscan sunset, bay leaf, cannellini, and kidney beans (if using) and bring to a simmer. Add the green beans and spinach and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, corn, and spinach and stir until wilted. At this point, I covered the pot and left it on simmer for about 20 minutes to really let the flavors meld.
  5. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle with the Parmesan. Serve with the bread. Because I didn’t have bread, I served the soup with some triscuit crackers.

By Kate Merker,  October 2006

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