March 13, 2017

Cold Day Minestrone Soup

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Even though it may be the middle of March and Spring is supposedly right around the corner, I know at least Mainers are experiencing some chilly weather.  Heck, just this past Saturday, we had a temperature of 11 degrees that also had the wind blowing so hard that you felt like you just got white washed with snow on your face.

Don't get me wrong, I think winter is a beautiful time of the year and I love that the kitchen doesn't get so hot that it makes you feel like you are living in hell, but at the same token, I don't like having to clean off my jeep, double up on blankets or stay inside to be safe from the excruciating cold weather.  Now that I am older, it just goes right through my bones and hurts the parts of my body that have been injured.   (I hate sounding like an old person by admitting that, so let's keep that between us.)

There is typically two things that will cure my chilly bones....and that is a long hot shower (which I can't always have when you share one bathroom with 6 people) or a big bowl of something steamy hot that will stick to my bones.  And we all know that stews, soups, chowders or chili tends to be the perfect go to for those nights that you need something to chase the chills from your body.

Not to long ago, I made a hearty minestrone soup for my residents and they absolutely loved it.  I had plenty of them ask for seconds, even the ones that normally don't even finish one plate.  As a cook, that right there is the biggest compliment you could receive, so if my residents loved it, I want to share it with y'all.

Cold Day Minestrone Soup

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What you need:

1 1/2 c. shell pasta
4 c. fresh spinach
3 c. hot water
3 tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano 
1/4 c. cooking sherry
14 oz. diced tomatoes with juice
30 oz pinto beans, drained
30 oz. northern beans, drained
4 c. chicken broth
2 stalks celery, diced
14 oz. asparagus, cooked
2 c. yellow squash, diced
1 med. onion, diced
3 tbsp. oil


1.  In a large pot, heat oil over medium high heat.  Then add onion, squash and celery.  Cook until onion is see through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Ramblings Thoughts Cold Day Minestrone Soup

2.  Add remaining ingredients except the pasta and spinach, stir to mix it all in.
Ramblings Thoughts Cold Day Minestrone Soup

3.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

4.  Add spinach and pasta and cook for 30 minutes.  Enjoy!!!!

-Rambling Holly

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