Friday, January 25, 2008

Minestrone Soup (tastes like Olive Garden's)

*Flavorful, delicious, and not difficult. Also, it's a flexible recipe as you can see by the changes I made based on what I did or didn't have on hand when I made this *I got this recipe from my sister-in-law 
In pot, heat:
2 T Olive Oil

Add and saute:
1 Med. Onion (or equivalent Dried Onion, whatever you have)
2 cloves garlic, minced (or garlic powder, whatever you have)
2 carrots, sliced thinly
2 stalks celery (I didn't have these and it turned out great)

Add:
2 cans Diced Tomatoes - Italian Recipe (or just regular diced tomatoes w/ Italian Seasoning added)
2 cans chicken broth (14 1/2 oz.)
2 t. dried parsley (or 1 T. fresh)
2 t. diced basil
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. salt
pepper

Bring all to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes.

Add:
2 cans kidney beans, drained (15 oz.)
2 c. shredded cabbage (optional - I didn't have this either)

Simmer 10 min.

Stir in:
1 med. sized zucchini sliced (again, I didn't add this)
1/2. c. uncooked elbow macaroni

Cook 10 min.

Serve topped with Parmesan Cheese OR shredded Pecorino Romano cheese (Kirtland brand at Costco in the deli/refrigerated section at the back - Jillyn recommended that I have this cheese on hand because it's delicious added to almost anything like soups, salads, pasta, hot veggies, toasted on bread, etc - it's really similar to fresh parmesan they grate onto your food at Italian Restaurants.)

7 comments:

melmck said...

you win the prize!

hillary said...

Thanks, Mel. I thought you'd enjoy this one since you're a big olive garden fan, too. it looks like a long, tedious recipe, but if you leave out all the stuff I left out it's a lot quicker and still tastes great - so I recommend giving it a shot. :)

Kevin, Danica, and Claire: said...

i tried this tonight and everyone loved it. hit the spot on a cold winter day! thanks!

Jami Key said...

Hill, this is fabulous!!! Thank you.

Barbara Bakes said...

I love this minestrone soup recipe so much I'm blogging about it tonight! Thanks for sharing it!

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The Miz said...

This was super super yummy! I know this is an old post but still, thanks for posting the recipe.

Rebecca