Skip to main content

Cookin' With Carol's Minestrone Soup

Jan 17, 2017 03:49PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

As seen in our recent article, "Small Steps to Making Big Changes with Healthy Food Choices," it's important to make small shifts to reach your health goal. Here, Carol Ritchie shares her favorite Minestrone recipe. 

Minestrone

Serves 8

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 carrots, thinly sliced
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with juices
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
6 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained
1/2 cup ditalini pasta (or any small shapes; macaroni, orzo, etc.)
2 small zucchini squash, diced
1 cup green beans, ends trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
Grated Parmesan cheese, to taste
Croutons, for garnish

In a deep pot or Dutch oven on the stove, set heat to medium-low, add olive oil, and sauté onion and garlic for 1 to 2 minutes, until they begin to appear translucent. Add carrots, celery, and red bell pepper; cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add diced tomatoes (with juices), tomato sauce, chicken broth, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper, and raise the heat to bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes. Add cannellini beans, pasta, zucchini, and green beans; cook over medium heat, uncovered, until the pasta and vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and croutons.

Notes:

Chop and slice the vegetables to a consistent size for even cooking. Chunks of vegetables about 1/2- to 1-inch is recommended. Modify this recipe to your taste—use any vegetables you like.

Dried herbs are used in this soup due to the long cooking time. Add a sprinkle of chopped fresh oregano and basil as a garnish for the best flavor.

Cannellini beans are recommended; however, use any type of bean you desire: kidney beans, navy beans, pinto beans, etc. Canned beans are convenient, but cooking dried beans from scratch for this soup is highly recommended if you have the time.

If available, use low-sodium canned products, such as tomatoes and beans.

For the best Parmesan cheese, freshly grate a chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano over each serving.

For the best croutons, use a thinly sliced ciabatta baguette. Spread the slices on a baking sheet, drizzle olive oil over all, and lightly sprinkle with garlic powder (or finely minced fresh garlic). Heat in a 350º F oven until lightly toasted, about 5 to 10 minutes. 

Enjoy!

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Mansfield Magazine's free newsletter to get regular updates



Embed this content on your website

Embed
Food+Dining, In Print, Today recipe cookin' with carol
  • #SmallBizSat

    11/25/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Welcome to the Neighborhood! Come in and #ShopSmall throughout Historic Downtown Cedar Hill! Pick...


  • Shop Small Saturday

    11/25/2017
    10:00AM — 04:00PM

    The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is proud to announce a Shop Small Saturday event. Small wo...


  • Brunch Time!

    11/25/2017
    10:30AM — 11:30AM

    Watch our resident critters enjoy their Brunch every Saturday at 10am! Our arachnids and amphibia...


  • Extreme Ornament Help-Create Events

    11/25/2017
    02:00PM — 06:00PM

    Unleash your inner elf during Vetro’s Extreme Ornament Help-Create events, *select dates and time...


  • Traditional Ornament Help-Create Events

    11/25/2017
    02:00PM — 06:00PM

    Bring the kids and drop in for one of Vetro’s Traditional Ornament Help-Create events, *select da...


  • DFW Solar Awareness Day

    11/27/2017
    12:00AM

    Hello! We are putting together a day for solar awareness in the DFW area! Talk to your friends...


  • Mansfield Sunrise Toastmasters

    11/27/2017
    07:00AM — 08:00AM

    Want to be better at negotiating your salary with your boss? Networking at business functions? Pi...


  • Holiday Grease Roundup

    11/27/2017
    08:00AM

    Don't pour your holiday grease down the drain—round it up and recycle it for free instead! Hol...


  • Extreme Ornament Help-Create Events

    11/27/2017
    02:00PM — 06:00PM

    Unleash your inner elf during Vetro’s Extreme Ornament Help-Create events, *select dates and time...


  • Traditional Ornament Help-Create Events

    11/27/2017
    02:00PM — 06:00PM

    Bring the kids and drop in for one of Vetro’s Traditional Ornament Help-Create events, *select da...


  • Holiday Grease Roundup

    11/28/2017
    08:00AM

    Don't pour your holiday grease down the drain—round it up and recycle it for free instead! Hol...


  • Home School Nature Class

    11/28/2017
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

    Join us for science and nature related lessons and guided investigation of Oliver Nature Park. Le...


  • Extreme Ornament Help-Create Events

    11/28/2017
    02:00PM — 06:00PM

    Unleash your inner elf during Vetro’s Extreme Ornament Help-Create events, *select dates and time...


  • Traditional Ornament Help-Create Events

    11/28/2017
    02:00PM — 06:00PM

    Bring the kids and drop in for one of Vetro’s Traditional Ornament Help-Create events, *select da...


  • Build Your Beer Garden

    11/28/2017
    07:00PM

    It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it! Come out to Mansfield's only local brewery, Dirty J...


  • Build Your Beer Garden

    11/28/2017
    07:00PM

    It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it! Come out to Mansfield's only local brewery, Dirty J...


  • Annie, Jr. Musical

    11/30/2017
    08:00PM

    Looks who's coming to Mansfield, Texas ... ANNIE! And she's just in time for the holidays. Th...


  • Hometown Holidays

    12/01/2017
    05:00PM — 09:00PM

    Join us for this annual city tradition, a FREE fun-filled family festival to celebrate the kickof...


  • Fa La La 5k

    12/02/2017
    09:00AM

    The Mansfield Kiwanis Fa La La La 5K is an annual fun run/walk hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Mans...


  • Birds Christmas Tree

    12/02/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Begun in 1935, this holiday event draws area children into the Garden to share a little holiday g...


  • Hometown Holidays Parade

    12/02/2017
    02:00PM

    Join us as we honor our Hometown Heroes in our 2017 Hometown Holidays Parade. The event begins pr...


  • Amos Lee

    12/02/2017
    08:00PM

    Singer/songwriter Amos Lee Opens a New Window. is making a stop in Mansfield ISD during his natio...


 

Image title
Mansfield Area High School Sports

Community Champions