22nd March 2008

    "Kitchen Sink" Minestrone

    posted in Main Dishes |

    A few nights ago Lisa made one of those perfect-to-use-up-the-CSA-box recipes: this warming soup used just about every vegetable in the kitchen; adding a little pasta and some beans turned it into a great meal.

    Chris says:

    I love recipes like this that have so many vegetables in them…

    Lisa says:

    I know! The great thing about this recipe is that you can basically change the veggies based on what you have in the kitchen.

    Chris says:

    Remember when you used to complain about soups and stews that didn’t have meat in them?

    Lisa says:

    Only because I didn’t think they’d fill me up!

    Chris says:

    That’s what the pasta and beans are doing for ya.

    Lisa says:

    Yep… although it may be time for a meatstravaganza soon.

    Chris says:


    “Kitchen Sink” Minestrone
    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 cup chopped onion
    1 cup diagonally sliced carrot
    1 green bell pepper, chopped
    3 cups diced tomato
    2 cups diced peeled butternut squash (about 1 small)
    1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
    1 zucchini, sliced
    2 cups water
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    2 (16-ounce) cans fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
    1 (16-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    2 cups small broccoli florets
    2 cups thinly sliced collard greens
    1/2 cup uncooked small seashell pasta
    2 teaspoons dried sage
    3/4 teaspoon dried thyme

    Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until hot. Add onion, carrot, and bell pepper, and sauté 6 minutes or until onion is tender. Add tomato and next 9 ingredients (tomato through garlic), and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in broccoli, greens, and pasta; cover and cook 5 minutes or until pasta is done. Stir in sage and thyme.

    6-8 Servings

    I’m also submitting this one to Presto Pasta Nights… it’s been a while!

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    There are currently 4 responses to “"Kitchen Sink" Minestrone”

    1. 1
      On March 24th, 2008,tigerfish said:

      I don’t care if its “kitchen sink”..i just like minestrone. I made mine recently too. :)

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      On March 24th, 2008,We Are Not Martha said:

      Wow, this has so much in it…I love it!


    3. 3
      On March 27th, 2008,Ruth Daniels said:

      It is a great soup and thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Night. We’ve missed you!

    4. 4
      On March 28th, 2008,Vicarious Foodie said:

      This looks really delicious and also really pretty!

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