December 26, 2012

Minestrone Soup

I hope you all had a joyful Christmas -- we definitely did!  It is always wonderful to spend time with family.  This morning, I am planning on cleaning up all the fun chaos that yesterday created!

It is a good day to do this because here in Ohio we are supposed to get a blizzard with 8 - 12 inches of snow!  My husband and I are off of work today and my son is home from school so we're just going to stay in.  Of course, we'll have to do some shoveling later, maybe take the dog for a walk and possibly go sledding.  We can't let all that snow go to waste!!

It is also a good day for a nice hot bowl of soup.  My mother-in-law gave me this recipe.  Even though I made a few minor changes it still has that great, comforting flavor.  Maybe you would like to give it a taste!

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup of carrots, sliced
1 cup of celery, sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups of water
1/2 cup cabbage, shredded
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
1 tomato, chopped
6 beef bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon sugar
1 bay leaf
1 can of red kidney beans, drained
1 cup green beans
2/3 cup cooked small pasta shells

In a 6 quart soup pot, heat oil.  Saute onion, carrot, celery and garlic over medium heat until crisp tender.  Add water, cabbage, zucchini, tomato, bouillon, sugar, and bay leaf.  Cover; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Put in kidney and green beans and continue to simmer for about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Stir in pasta shells.

Servings:  makes about 4 1/2 quarts

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