Minestrone Soup

March 24th, 2014

minestrone soup

Minestrone Soup – easy, meal-in-a-bowl, mouthful of goodness soup. Each week I struggle to pick a great recipe to make with the kids in cooking club, a.k.a. Young Chefs. We have one hour, 10 kids (and everyone needs at least 2 turns to scoop, pour, mix, cut or toss), and some picky eaters. I try to alternate between a savory dish and a sweet one. Recently we made “Egg Muffins” with fresh OJ, really just scrambles eggs in the shape of a muffin and “Cookies in a Cup” an awesome, microwave recipe for individual chocolate chip cookies from a great blog www.number-2-pencil.com. This week (a savory week), I thought it would be fun to make Minestrone soup. Lots of dicing (carrots, celery, zucchini, squash), pasta (who doesn’t like pasta?), and a heap of fresh grated Parmesan cheese on top. My daughter suggested a pasta bar for our next savory class: home-made tomato sauce and fresh pesto . . . great idea kid!  Did I mention she works with me to teach the kids cooking class?

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 piece celery, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 green zucchini, diced
1 yellow squash, diced
Salt and pepper
1 ½ cup diced tomatoes
1-cup small pink beans, rinsed
2 cups shredded Napa cabbage (about ¼ of a cabbage)*
4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
4 cups water
1-cup small size pasta
Fresh grated Parmesan cheese**

* Check out the steak tacos and use the chili-lime vinaigrette from that recipe on the rest of the cabbage you’ll have from this soup recipe!

** If you grated a whole block of cheese, save the rind and throw a piece into the soup while it cooks.

DIRECTIONS

Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot. Then add the onions and sauté about 3-5 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and sauté another 5 minutes. Add the garlic, zucchini, and squash. Season with salt and pepper. Cook another 1-2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, beans, cabbage and broth. Bring to a boil. Add the pasta. Simmer about 10 minutes more. Serve hot with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh bread.

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