Okay, I know it’s still summer right now and the last thing most people want is a hot soup. But there are still a ton of chilly cozy rainy days where I want a solid hearty soup in the summer, so there! But really, oh my goodness you guys this soup is so delish that I’ll eat it even if it’s 30 degrees out. It’s a bit different from your classic minestrone, but that’s just because I made it with what I had in my pantry. I love that about this soup, as long as you have a couple of the main ingredients, you can almost always make a huge pot of delicious soup.
That’s the thing about my recipes, they’re always flexible. This time I used spiral noodles, which were super tasty. But usually people use elbow macaroni, and sometimes they use little shells. I also just used these red kidney beans, but usually people add a variety of at least two kinds of beans. In my opinion, as long as you get the base right, you can toss in or leave out a whole bunch of ingredients and it will still be wonderful.
What’s essential? Pasta of some kind, beans of some kind, veggies, spices, and all the ingredients for the broth (broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste). Some might say potatoes are essential, okay, I will admit that they’re so much better. I LOVE potatoes in soup, they get all soft and mmmm carbs ♥. But I’ve made this soup without them and it was still wonderful.
This soup is the ultimate healing soup! Loads of veggies, tomato based broth, fragrant but refreshing, while still filling! If your tummy needs a little reset, if you have a cold, if its cold outside, or if you’re just darn hungry, this soup will do the trick!
Oh yeah, and did I mention that it’s easy? Especially if you have an electric chopper! If you don’t, I’m telling you, you should seriously consider getting one. It’s made cooking so much less time consuming for me, and that means I’ll cook more often! Win for me!
Alright, recipe time!