winter minestrone.

Monday, February 3, 2014

winter minestrone soup

ed and i gallivanted around the city yesterday in a balmy 50+ degrees, high as a kite on the hope of spring and noticeably in a better mood about life in general. alas, the groundhog was right this time as i'm watching it snow sideways outside my window. after another icy day last week, the teacher at my yoga class kept repeating... "warm sunshine, hot tea, warm sunshine, hot tea." the cold dark days are starting to run together and her words stuck with me as i've been repeating a similar mantra when my mood takes a nosedive. it's imperative to focus on the positive during these last weeks of winter-- hey, we're in the home stretch! here's to warm positive thoughts and soup on the table.

winter minestrone soup

winter minestrone soup
1 small yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
few glugs good olive oil
2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, chopped
fresh thyme tied together in a small bundle (you can fish it out later)
dash of red pepper flakes
2 (15oz) cans san marzano diced tomatoes
1 (32oz) box chicken or vegetable stock
leftover parmesan rind (makes all the difference!)
3/4 cup ditalini pasta
salt and pepper to taste

1. in a dutch oven, saute onion and carrots in a few glugs of olive oil until softened. add garlic and cook for another minute. season with salt and pepper.
2. add rinsed beans, tomatoes, rosemary, thyme bundle, and red pepper flakes.
3. stir in stock until it becomes a soupy consistency (usually 1/2 a box now and a bit more before serving).
4. add the parmesan rind and let simmer until the rind gets droopy and thickens the soup. stir in pasta and cook according to package directions.
5. finish with salt and pepper to taste and a splash of stock to loosen up the cooked pasta. toss the parm rind and thyme bundle.

sprinkle with grated parmesan reggiano before serving.

ps: pasta fagioli too.

recipe adapted from giada de laurentiis.


Jesse said...

i always forget about that cute little ditilani pasta, makes all difference!

Jackie {York Avenue} said...

That looks delicious! One good thing about winter: good excuse to make warm, yummy soups.

Rebeka said...

This soup would really hit the spot right now. I think I need to make it this week. Thanks for sharing! I always really love your recipes. Also, these photos (per usual) are gorgeous.

Brooke said...

My, my this sounds so delicious and cozy. Especially since winter is clinging on with its icy fingers. I'll be trying this one!

A Crimson Kiss said...

Mmmm, sounds perfect! It was blustery in SF this weekend and John and I hunkered down in our heaviest sweaters and thick socks–sure it was in the low 40s, but we've grown weak living in CA and need warm soup and hot tea!

Jennifurla said...

This looks so simple and perfect

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Ummmm looks so good!

sherri lynn said...

This looks delicious! Perfect for the cold winter weather we've been having!

marissa (stylebook) said...

dude, yum. i've eaten a can of wolfgang puck's minestrone (with cayenne pepper- try it!) most nights since 2014 began. (don't judge my sodium intake, plz.) will make this one asap!

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