Saturday, November 13, 2010

Minestrone Soup

Cool weather is here. And that gets me thinking about soup and other warm dishes. This is a recipe I came up with years ago. You can add pasta if you desire, but I am kind of a texture freak and don't like pasta in my soups. 

Minestrone Soup

Large Onion diced
½ cabbage chopped
3 stalks celery diced
6 carrots peeled &diced
3 Large russet potatoes peeled & cubed
3 cans diced tomatoes
1 large can Hunts Original Spaghetti Sauce
2 cans Green Giant Northern Beans
3 cans Red Runner Creole Style Red Beans (or four cans Red Beans, leave two reg, and puree two cans in blender)
1 large can tomato paste
1 large pack of frozen corn

In a large soup pot, over medium heat, pour olive oil (good turn around the pan), celery, onions, carrots, potatoes and cabbage. Cook until cabbage is translucent and onions are clear. Pour in the complete cans of tomatoes, and spaghetti sauce. Fill each emptied can with water and add water to pot. Pour in complete cans of beans and tomato paste. Fill those cans with water and add to pot.  Bring to a boil and add corn. Bring back up to a boil and simmer until potatoes are tender. Serve steaming hot with grated parmesan on top. 

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