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Homemade Minestrone Soup

by Courtney on October 14, 2010

Alright guys. Call me crazy, but I have another recipe to share with you all this evening! Hey, maybe this having a little extra “me time” will really do wonders for my kitchen creations. ;)

But first, let me share a couple quick highlights from today…

A delicious to-go bowl of Pumpkin Oats.

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In today’s mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk (ran out of vanilla almond…ohh the horrors!) :shock:
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp raisins
  • cinnamon & nutmeg
  • Topped with some reduced-fat granola

Despite not having my vanilla almond milk, and not being able to add my scoop of peanut butter (since I was eating it at school…) it was still pretty darn tasty!

Workout

Yes! I got my sick little bee-hind to the gym after work today. I honestly, was not in the mood to go. To be perfectly honest, when I’m sick, I’m pretty much a baby when it comes to performing any sort of exerting tasks. However, I always try to remind myself that, as long as I take it easy, I will feel better afterward.

I completed my 45 minute treadmill walk workout, followed by an easy, 1/4 mile run. I wanted to run more, because I actually had the energy once I got started. Unfortunately, I don’t think the people next to me would have appreciated the continuous hackling and coughing coming from my treadmill. Oooof. Gotta love the side effects of a classic cold! :roll:

Dinner

After tonight’s dinner, I have determined one thing: I LOVE making soup!!

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Minestrone Soup, that is. ;)

You want in on this delicious, ridiculously easy recipe? Keep reading…

Start by cooking up some carrots, zucchini, onion, and garlic with a little olive oil in a large pot. Cook about 7 minutes, or until onions are tender.

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Next, open up a bunch of cans, and pour ‘em right into the pot. I really cannot tell you how much I adored the ease of this step!

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(Mom, Dad…are you proud of me? Look at me, buying store brand!) ;)

And of course, don’t forget your seasoning!

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Stir everything together and let them get cozy.

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Bring the soup to a boil…

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Then let it simmer for about 15 minutes, and before you know it, you’re left with an amazing bowl of Minestrone!

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Minestrone Soup

(Original recipe from Taste of Home Everyday Light Meals cookbook)

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 oz. each) vegetable broth
  • 3 cups reduced sodium V8 juice (4 mini cans = 3 cups)
  • 1 can (15 oz.) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 1/2 cup uncooked macaroni (I used ditalini, since it’s the only small pasta I had)
  • 1 tsp dried basil

Directions:

In a large pot, cook carrots, zucchini, onion, and garlic in oil for 7  minutes or until onion is tender. Add the broth, V8 juice, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, green beans, macaroni, and basil. Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes, or until macaroni is tender.

ENJOY! :-P

Along with my Minestrone soup, I enjoyed a couple slices of a delicious creation made by the hubby. He modeled it off a bread that is served with some of our favorite salads that we order from a local restaurant.

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Starting with an individual sized Boboli whole wheat pizza crust, he coated it with some minced garlic, Italian seasoning, a little pizza sauce, and grated parmesan cheese. It cooked it in a 450 degree oven for about 12 minutes, and I must say…I think I’m going to buy more Boboli pizza crusts just for this. It was super yummy!! :)

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Now I’m off to grade some papers, and probably raid the candy corn dish. ;)

Question for the Night:

Do you ever try to recreate recipes from your favorite restaurants at home? Are they successful?

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1 Liz @ LBBakes October 14, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Both the soup and bread look delicious – I want dinner at your house! I’ve always wanted to recreate Olive Garden breadsticks!

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2 Amy October 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I do this all the time. Sometimes its successful.

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3 Melissa October 14, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Looks like a delish dinner–I am SO making that bread, too! I have recreated the turkey artichoke panini from Panera, but that’s as adventurous as I’ve gotten! I need to be more brave!

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4 Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices October 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Hope you start to feel better! Being sick is never fun :(
Minestrone soup is my favorite soup EVER. So, that means I am DEFINITELY going to have to try your recipe, especially since we are going to start having cool nights in FL. (I know you are laughing about that comment- cool nights in FL- LOL! Cool is when it’s in the 60s down here :) )

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5 Jessica Lee October 15, 2010 at 1:21 am

I didnt know that minestrone was that easy to make. Thanks!

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6 Savannah P October 15, 2010 at 7:52 am

Get better soon girl, being sick is the worst. I know what you mean about exercising when you have a cold – you do always feel better afterwards, but dragging yourself to the gym takes more effort than anything else I know hahaha.

I love Minestrone, and I’m seriously craving that bread your hubs made for you. Looks like a perfect pairing with a hearty veg soup.

Feel better!

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7 CaSaundra October 17, 2010 at 8:42 am

Soup is super easy to make, yet much more delicious then from a can. Your meals looks tassssty!

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