Thursday, October 3, 2013

Minestrone Soup



Soup is almost magical in its qualities don't you think? It's a meal in one, it's chock full of vegetables and all good things guaranteed to make you feel stronger and healthier, it practically cooks itself - just some light chopping and stirring required, it usually tastes wonderful and it's REALLY hard to mess up.  I'd say that pretty much constitutes magical but then I'm generally not hard to please. I made this yesterday and got creative with the spices, I'm glad I did, see what you think. If spice is not your thing, add a large rosemary sprig to the pot while sauteing and cooking - it will smell wonderful.






Minestrone Soup.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
4 carrots, peeled and diced
4 sticks of celery, diced
1  fennel, diced
1 teaspoon sumac
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
1, 14oz can cannellini beans
32 oz chicken stock
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 packet baby spinach
Parmesan - to serve



In a large pan or soup pot heat the olive oil, saute the onions for 5-7 minutes until translucent. Add the carrots, celery, fennel and spices.

Saute for a further 5 minutes.  Add the beans and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.

Add the stock and tomato paste, bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer, partially cover and allow to cook until the vegetables are cooked through but not mushy, about 20 minutes.  Add the spinach when the vegetables are cook, it will wilt in the heat.

Serve with a wedge of Parmesan to grate into the soup, slices of grilled bread and a glass of hearty red wine.











40 comments:

  1. You are absolutely right about soups!Power food in a bowl!
    Love your minestrone!
    Hugs,dear Mary!

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  2. Soup, a baguette, and a glass of wine make one of the finest meals ever. Your soup looks so good it makes me want to rush into fall.
    Sam

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  3. After a stressful day of caring duties I could do with this, but we just ordered takeout instead! Oh well. I can think about your soup though, it looks wonderful, you do take such good food photos.

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  4. Yum Yum.....Would you happen to know how many carbs are in a cup of this soup? I think my grandson (the one just diagnosed with type 1 diabetes) would love this soup... We have a cool front coming in and there is nothing better than soup!!

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  5. This is a beautiful soup, Mary. I am totally with you about the soup. Delicious and versatile!

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  6. I could go for a big bowl of that....RIGHT NOW!!!!
    Beautiful looking soup, Mary...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  7. One of my favourite hearty autumn/winter soups: a meal in a bowl!

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  8. I ♥ soups..
    And Tis the season..starting..
    Thank you!

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  9. I had some marvelous minestrone while visiting my sister in Denver. When I get back home I wanted to recreate it, but now i'll just make yours. Perfect timing :)

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  10. Minestrone soup is some of our favorite soup, cannot wait to make yours! Pinning! :)

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  11. I love soup! This one is gorgeous- I could have this for lunch every day! :)

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  12. YUM love this soup! Great recipe for this season!!

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  13. This looks wonderful, I love soup!

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  14. this is exactly the soup I made this week, I was also going to post about it:)

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  15. Gorgeous photos and a hearty soup!

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  16. Love this Mary :) We make more minestrone than any other soup in our house and yours looks like a brilliant one to try; so chunky!

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  17. Comforting and delicious. The perfect soup! We have chilly days ahead, and this soup is just perfect. :)

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  18. Your soup looks so hearty and delicious! Sumac, what a wonderful addition!

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  19. What a cozy soup for an autumn supper, Mary. Think I'll whip up a pot tonite. Thanks. xo

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  20. When you look at a bowl of soup like this one, you understand why it's comfort food! Gorgeous Mary! Just the thing for so so days like the ones we're having here.

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  21. Minestrone just makes me so happy! the ultimate comfort food.

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  22. I'm back in soup mode again too. Your soup look wonderful and so filling.

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  23. Mmh, looks like the perfect,hearty treat just in time for the start of soup season.
    Do totally agree with you - soups are so versatile and therefor fun to prepare.

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  24. I love soups like this in the winter - ones that taste really comforting but are still super healthy!

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  25. I feel the same way! I'm so glad soup weather is here! This is one hearty delicious bowl of comfort!

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  26. Oh does your minestrone look wonderfully delicious! Perfect way to welcome in the fall!

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  27. Hi Mary! I totally agree with you on the whole soup thing. I used to be intimidated by homemade soup when I first started cooking, but when I made up my first batch, I realized how easy it was to make. You just throw all of the ingredients into a pot and let them simmer away. I love minestrone soup and yours looks perfect with all those beans and spinach. It also taste great with some sausage in there as well :) xoxo, Jackie

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  28. I eat lots of soup. This one looks wonderful. I will put on my list to try.

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  29. Mary, what a hearty soup...soup is one of my favorite meal...and I can see myself eating lots of this soup.
    Have a great week :D

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  30. So true, love soup - have made it the last two days for lunch, lovely!

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  31. Wow, such a delicious bowl of soup! And having it with the toasted crusty bread, makes me drool!!

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  32. I love a good minestrone soup... this looks like a really really good one :) Perfect for a cold night!!

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  33. Mary, this looks perfect! I had some minestrone when I was visiting my sister in Denver last week...and now I must make yours!

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  34. Trying to catch up here, but I just wanted to say that I love the sumac and fennel in this! Soup weather is sooo here!

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  35. Mary , I love this kind of simple and hearty soup ! Just like you , I'm not hard to please as I love simple food :D Adding some fresh herbs will really give soup a burst of flavor !

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  36. And soup is perfect this time of year. It is quite magical - an easy meal, usually done in one pot and served in one dish. This minestrone looks really, really very good. :)

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  37. I agree with you about soup being magical. This one looks like it could cure anything that ails a soul :)

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  38. the idea of dipping that crusty piece of bread into that soup makes my mouth water. Oh i love soup season and I love your soup

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  39. Mary, of course, soup is always perfect at this time of year and I love Minstrone Soup so much and so does my whole family - I would really enjoy a bowl now (even though I have not had breakfast yet) - comfort in a bowl!
    I love all your lovely soup bowls - so very pretty!

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  40. How wonderfully thick and beautiful. That is what we would call Stoup in our house! Delicious! Your photography is excellent! xxoo

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