You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy minestrone soup. Dani Spies at Clean and Delicious has a wonderful recipe. (Well, lots of wonderful recipes, actually.) As soon as our weather cooled off in October, I could not wait to try this one! The only problem was that I didn’t have the cabbage I needed. So, what did I do? Improvised, of course.
I basically cleaned out my stock of all sorts of fresh veggies that needed using. Hence the name “vegetable medley”. And added it all into the pot. You can’t mess up cooked veggies, in my way of thinking (wink).
So, be brave. If you’ve got something that sounds good to you, whether it’s a different type of bean or veg than the recipe states, throw it in there.
Dani had a great suggestion – to add cooked brown rice noodles to individual bowls as you serve them. If you add it into the soup pot, the noodles turn mushy.
In the end. I also forgot to add the spinach. Can you believe I missed adding the most healthy part – the greens?
The next time I make this soup, I’m on it for sure with the greens. The recipe calls for spinach, but I like to kale, too. To retain the vitamins in greens like kale, do a rough (or fine) chop before adding to the hot minestrone. Also, I find that hubs doesn’t fuss about small bits of green as much as whole wilted leaves (like spinach or kale leaves) in his soup. Sometimes we girls have to get sneaky. 😉
Surely Dani at Clean and Delicious understands that, too. Have I talked you into trying her recipe yet?
Sprinkle some parsley, salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy! Oh, and Dani adds Parmesan cheese, but as you probably know, I have to leave that off. It was very tasty, anyway, even without the cheese, the greens, and everything else I left out. Ha!
What other veggies do you think you’ll add into your minestrone soup? Are you glad we’re finally into the cold days of (almost) winter for slurping hot soup?
I’m so happy you’re here. Thanks for hanging out with me. 🙂
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