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.


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