Minestrone Soup

Written by chanie on January 30th, 2013

I don’t just live in Brooklyn. I was born here too. In fact, I live around the corner from my childhood home. Why am I telling you this? Well it’s got something to do with the weather. Most of the time, the cold doesn’t bother me. Really. I grew up making snow angels in my front yard every winter, and having snowballs thrown at me from the big boys down the block. The cold is just in my blood.

I have to admit though, that every now and then comes one of those bone-chilling winter days where even I want nothing more than to snuggle up under a cozy blanket and wrap my hands around a warm cup of soup. Last week, we had one of those days. As bundled up as I was, the wind just crept it’s way in, stinging my fingers and toes. My kids came home all red-nosed and shivering and I just knew I had to put up a big pot of soup.

And not just any soup. It had to be a stick-to-your-ribs kind of soup that’s a meal in itself. I decided on minestrone because #1, it’s awesome and hearty. #2, it’s pretty quick, and #3 with all the veggies in there, there’s at least something each of my finicky kids will eat. Plus, it’s got pasta, and who doesn’t love pasta?!

Minestrone soup is basically a thick soup of Italian origin, usually consisting of vegetables (especially tomatoes), beans and pasta. You can use whatever beans you like and play around with the veggies to suit your taste. With beans, veggies and pasta, it’s a whole meal-in-one that comes together in no time. Serve with some crusty bread to really take it over the top! It’s sure to keep you warm all winter long.

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  1. what is up with this NYC weather? i made a hearty winter stew to warm me up, and all of a sudden it’s 60 degrees out! well, this will be on our menu during our next cold spell!

  2. Yummy! My 3 y o just saw the pictures and said she wants some for dinner tonight!

    I make my minestrone soup with the addition of either peas or green beans, and instead of spinach, I recently started using swiss chard. It holds up better to boiling.

    I like your idea of using the ditalini pasta, though. The size is probably much better suited to soup than the penne I usually use. I’ll have to see if I can locate it at the grocer.

  3. Fashion-isha says:

    This looks so good and is so my kind of food! Will make this this week!

  4. this looks so hearty and flavorful!

  5. It has been so cold so I totally know what you are talking about. This soup looks great, but I would make it with vegetable broth so I could top with Parmesan.

  6. Prag says:

    I love that pour oregano n it, I put in everything and get laughed at…

    Sounds like a great recipe, but I think I’ll opt for frozen vegetables to make this one.

  7. We have been living off of minestrone soup this week, it’s the perfect accompaniment to the snow on the ground.

  8. Wendy says:

    Perfect soup for a cold winter day!

  9. OK, this is PERFECT for this freezing cold weather we are having!

  10. Dani says:

    Chanie, love this soup. Also, maybe it’s time to move? :P

  11. I know what you mean about the cold! Minestrone soup is always a winner in my house

  12. Ronnie Fein says:

    This is one of the best soups ever. Chunky, hot, filling and delicious. I sometimes add grated cheese on top and bread on the side and call it dinner.

  13. Victoria says:

    Beautiful pictures as always! Ultimate comfort food (the pictures themselves are enough to make anyone warm!). Thanks for the perfect winter meal!

  14. Estee says:

    What do you mean by chicken stock? Actual chicken soup? Can I just use water?

    • chanie says:

      I use Imagine No-Chicken broth, it comes in a box (it doesn’t really have chicken in it). Of course you can just use water but using stock makes it a lot more flavorful.

  15. Aviva says:

    Made this for Shabbos- and this recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks for this delicious recipe!

  16. This sounds so comforting and delicious. And I love the pictures!

  17. This is my fav comfort soup. Looks amazing! I love the step by step pics!

  18. I love minestrone, adding the spinach is a great idea, I’ve never seen that!!

  19. Estee says:

    Does this soup freeze well? I made it without the pasta

  20. Megan says:

    Approximately how much soup does this make? I am cooking for my office and have a 7qt crock pot – I’m thinking if I double this it will make enough to fill it?

  21. Megan says:

    Oh, awesome – thanks!

  22. C says:

    How many servings does this make?

  23. Pat McAllister says:

    Don’t you get protein from the chicken broth?

  24. e i says:

    Hi, do you have a specific bread recipe you make to accompany this soup?

  25. Sossie says:

    Can this soup hold up for a few days in the fridge?

  26. Mushka says:

    I want to make this ahead of time for a dinner party. Can it be prepared in advance and frozen or does it keep in the fridge nicely for 2-3 days?

    • chanie says:

      This keeps really well in the fridge and actually gets better as it sits. I’m personally not a fan of the texture of zucchini and carrot when they are frozen and then defrosted.

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