Hearty Minestrone Soup
Recently we had to go out of town for a family funeral. It took Barry and I just over 7 hours to reach our destination of Cochrane, Ontario. We were blessed with excellent driving conditions considering that we were traveling in the middle of winter.
But with brilliant sunshine in winter comes bitterly cold temperatures. As a result, a hot bowl of soup comes to the minds of many.
Many communities have similar funeral reception food items, however, there can also be items unique to that specific region. For instance, in the Gravenhurst area, a funeral luncheon is not considered complete without trays of Cheddar Cheese & Onion Sandwiches.
In Cochrane there were none of these Cheddar Cheese & Onion Sandwiches to be found. However, although initially surprised by the appearance of this other luncheon item, it equally made perfect sense. Along with trays of sandwiches was also the very welcome addition of a Beef Vegetable Soup.
Yes, when you live in a region where -27 degrees Celsius might be a warm winter day, a bowl of soup is always welcomed. Even at a funeral reception.
A Satisfying Soup
Immediately I was reminded of this Hearty Minestrone Soup.
This satisfying minestrone soup features a classic combination of herbs, vegetables, white beans, and pasta. Although this recipe is delicious as written, don’t be afraid to experiment a bit with the ingredients. For instance, if your finances permit, try adding fresh herbs instead of dried. Just increase the amounts to 1 Tablespoon of each if fresh herbs are used.
Additionally this is also an economical way to use up any small amounts of extra other vegetables you have on hand.
Cook The Pasta Separate
Sometimes a soup with noodles can get overly starchy. There is a very simple way to prevent this.
Cook the pasta separately, rather than in the same pot with the rest of the ingredients.
This extra step yields more consistent results by eliminating the release of excess starch into the soup. It also prevents the noodles from becoming too soft and mushy, which means more appetizing leftovers the next day and better results when freezing for future use.
Try cooking this soup with the pasta separate and let me know what you think of the results. And if you aren’t a member of our Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs Community yet, why not join us today? Sign up below and I’ll send you some freebies too. This is a great way to get the latest news from us, and a way for you to connect with us directly too. Join today and start being EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE.