January 24, 2012

Easiest Ever Minestrone (for the DailyBuzz Mom's 9x9)

After reading the title today you might be thinking, "But Cheri doesn't ever post recipes."  And you're right.  However, I have a rockin' recipe from my mom for minestrone and I love it.  Why?  

- Because it's one of those things I can still make when I have almost nothing in the house.  
- I love eating warm soup in the winter.  
- It's quite healthy and a great way to get my kids to eat veggies.
- It's crazy easy and delicious, which makes me happy.

So today we're breaking the rules and I'm sharing a recipe.   It's one of those recipes that's very adjustable.

1lb. ground beef OR Italian sausage (whatever you like)
2 jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce
2 jars of water (fill the ones you got the spaghetti sauce out of)
1 beef bullion cube (or 3 if you used beef rather than Italian sausage)
 1 cup of a veggie (I like carrots, corn, peas, mushrooms, or zucchini in it.)
1 cup of another veggie
1 cup of another veggie
1/4 cup chopped onion (optional)
1.5 Tbsp Parsley
1.5 Tbsp Pizza seasoning
3/4 to 1 cup dry pasta

Brown your meat in the same pot you'll use for the soup.  Drain the grease.

Add the spaghetti sauce and water.

Throw in all the veggies you have in your house.  (If you're kids are picky, I think it helps to chop up the veggies into smaller unidentifiable pieces.)  I always have some veggies in the freezer, so if I don't have fresh ones on hand it still works.  It's also great for using up those leftover veggies you've got sitting around.  You can pretty much throw anything in.

Stir in the seasonings and cover your pot.  Turn the heat down and let it simmer for 30 minutes to cook the veggies.

While it simmers start some water boiling to cook the pasta.

Use any pasta you like.  I like to let my kids pick a fun one.  This time I used Orzo, so I only used 3/4 cup because you can fit a lot more of that in a cup than most pasta.  When the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the soup.  (If you have a family member with a gluten allergy, just use rice instead.)

Then you're ready to serve it up.  It makes a good sized pot, which is good news because the leftovers are great too.  Serve with parmesan cheese and good bread.  Enjoy.

Do you have a yummy soup recipe that you adore?  Feel free to share a link in the comments so we can all try it out.

Thanks for reading.


  1. My favorite is tortellini soup. I heat two minced cloves of garlic and three sliced leeks with one tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat and cook for five minutes. Then I add 1 tsp. of oregano, 1 15oz can of diced tomatoes, and 32oz of chicken broth. I bring that to a boil and add the tortellini and cook according to package directions. With one minute left I stir in an entire package of fresh spinach and allow it to wilt. Serve it with crusty bread and it's a soup that's hard to beat, but super easy to make!

  2. YUMMMY! I think I will make this for dinner, tonight! I was trying to figure out what to make, and ou just helped me decide. Thanks. :)

  3. Looks great!! I love easy soups and I was just making my meal plan this morning.

  4. That sounds fabulous! I'm making that for my kids for dinner tomorrow. Do you think if you cooked it on keep warm for a few hours in the crock pot that it would turn out just as good?

  5. You have a faucet above your stove. That is awesome. I love you blog by the way Cherri. I check it out everyday I just don't comment as much but the facet thing is just super cool. I want one!

  6. That sounds so good. My husband is not a huge soup fan, so I have to make it rarely. This one, he will probably like- especially if I use sausage in it! And you read my mind, when I saw the title of your post I thought, "She never posts recipes," but I was excited to see what it was! thanks for sharing. That bread looks delicious too.

  7. My fav is Cauliflower Cheese soup. It's creamy and tastes super rich but is healthy. Here's my simplified recipe:

    -1 head cauliflower, broken into small chunks
    -3 or 4 medium sized potatoes, peeled and cubed
    -1 medium onion, chopped
    -1 or 2 carrots, chopped

    Simmer this stuff in a pot with water. When it's all cooked nicely, removed and blend (adding as much of the water as you need to get a smooth consistency).

    Then put back in the pot, add about 1 cup milk and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. Season with pepper and dill. Ta da!

  8. Love the recipe, and your blog in general. And I have to mention, the idea of having a "glutton allergy" makes me smile. ; )

  9. Soup is always my go to when my cupboards start to get a little bare, and this sound delicious! I even have a little trick of slicing flour tortillas into thin strips and adding to soup for the last 10 min. in place of pasta...works like a charm!

  10. Sounds yummy! Too bad my husband is allergic to tomatoes. We love chicken wild rice soup -- since I cook the chicken and make the broth from scratch it takes about two days to make it (but very little hands-on time during those two days) but I will get 3-4 meals out of one batch -- yeah!

  11. http://www.nicoleiskeepingitsimple.blogspot.com/2011/11/crockpot-potato-chowder.html

  12. I'm so glad you got to go on the Martha Stewart show. That's so neat. And this soup looks delicious. It is definitely going on our family menu. Thank you for sharing. You can share recipes whenever you darn well please :)

    Also, you have a darling family. You're gorgeous!

  13. Oh yum. That looks might good. :) I think you should share more recipes personally.

  14. ah, yum, your pot looks delicious, and the soup looks good too. Where the where do you find such a pot? If you say Target I will lose my shit. Actually don't say anything, I really doubt I can buy it here regardless.
    I read your whole Martha post from beginning to end, sounded like it was busy and crazy and a fun memory to hold onto!

  15. Thanks for breaking your recipe rule! I was at a loss and did not feel like packing the baby up in the car and heading to the market tonight. So I have this on the stove right now! I have sampled of course and it is already delish. Congrats on Martha too!

  16. Thank you thank you thank you! I totally needed another soup recipe that was nothing like the ones I already use.

    A common [very flexible] soup made in this household is

    Beef Barley Soup.

    Saute in a little olive oil:
    diced celery, onion, carrots, garlic

    salt, pepper, parsley, basil, 1 lb ground beef (browned and drained), 3qts broth, 1c barley.

    Simmer until the barley is soft.

    I love to let it simmer all day... it smells sooo good and really flavors through well! I usually have bread, crackers, or muffins on the side, and occasionally cheese as well.

  17. I love all kinds of soups (so anxious to try yours)...but a new favorite is corn chowder. Pure comfort on a snowy day.


  18. I made this soup for my family, last night...my husband LOVED it...and guess what? My kids did, too!! I used canned corn,green beans and red beans for the veggies and rotini pasta for the pasta part...it was AMAZING! Thank you for posting this easy recipe and I really hope you post MORE amazing recipes in the future!

  19. Wow, that looks really good and so easy I love it!

  20. I made this last night for my wild boys, it was a hit! Bonus...they got tons of veggies and helped with their sniffles. Thanks for sharing!

  21. I made this last night and shared the recipe with my mother-in-law who asked for it, since it was so good. Tip: To make it ever easier, I added another 1/2 cup of water and put the past in raw, simmering for extra 30 minutes. Turned out beautifully.

  22. I made your recipe this morning and it is DELICIOUS!! Being from Louisiana I had to make a few modifications. The biggest was to substitute pizza seasoning for some local spices. WOW!!!


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