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Friday, March 18, 2011

Minestrone - Marcella

Very quick and easy; eliminates any need to buy the canned variety. I usually make it without any pasta, but in this case I had a mini-box of kamut ditalini, so I used that.

Minestrone Soup
  • cooking spray or 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth (I used 1 Rapunzel cube dissolved in 4 cups water)
  • 1 can low-sodium diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can cannellini beans,WITH liquid
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 lb fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • pepper
 In a medium pot, heat oil or cooking spray. Add onions and garlic and saute about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn down to medium-low, cover and simmer for about 30 minutes.

I use the canning liquid from the cannellini beans in this case because it imparts some nice viscosity to the soup broth. This is also why there's no salt added.

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