03 Jan 2018 Hearty Minestrone Soup
Here’s another great soup recipe for your coldest-winter-since-the-1800s (or so I was told) table. It’s hearty, visually appealing, warming, filling and delicious. I make my parve soups parve (parve utensils, parve pot), so they can be served before, or alongside, any meal. This one’s a hit with both adults and kids.
Hearty Minestrone Soup
Heat some oil in a stockpot, over medium heat. To the pot, add:
2 onions, diced
2 stalks celery, cleaned and diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced (I use the thinner carrots from the 1lb bag. If you are using the large, thick carrots that are sold loose, use only 1 carrot.)
2 zucchini, unpeeled and diced
2 small sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
Season the vegetables with salt, black pepper, garlic powder, parsley flakes, 2-3 bay leaves, a pinch of dried rosemary and a dash of dried thyme. Sauté the vegetables for about 10-15 minutes, stirring often.
To the pot, add:
1 can (14.5oz) petite diced tomatoes (such as Hunt’s)
1 box (32oz) low-sodium vegetable broth (I like the Empire Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth)
1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
8 c. cold water
Stir all together. Add in one packet (comes in a plastic sleeve or a box – 6oz/170g size) vegetable soup mix (I like the Kedem Vegetable Soup Mix with Barley) along with the enclosed spice packet.
Drizzle a small drizzle of honey over the soup (it balances out the acid and sodium from the tomatoes).
Add in 2-3 large handfuls of cleaned/checked baby spinach leaves. This will look like too much spinach – if so, you have the right amount! It will cook down and wilt in the soup, and will be in proportion to the other vegetables.
Stir all together. Simmer the soup, covered, for about 90 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent the ingredients from sticking to the bottom.
Serve hot and enjoy!
Don’t forget these other delicious soups:
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Kol tuv, happy learning and cooking, enjoy, and stay warm!