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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Quick and Dirty Minestrone

























Work can get in the way of a  lot of things...often, cooking dinner. With the cold settling in and the dark coming earlier, sometimes its just nice to put a bunch of stuff in a pot and let it cook. Forget the cutting, chopping, mincing, straining...just dump and go. Hence the name, quick and dirty :-) 

Often, I don't know what I want for dinner until almost dinner-time, so, sometimes using a crock pot is not an option unless I want to eat at midnight. I have been making this minestrone for years, since college, and it is budget-friendly, easy on the tummy, grain-free (without the rotini), dairy-free, meat-free, and care-free. Really, you can't screw this up. And, if you really wanted to add some more to it, like chopped zucchini, cauliflower, whatever...you are welcome to! Make it your own! This is not a gourmet meal, and probably not something I would make for company, but, on a night where there is little time and all you want is a warm and cozy meal, this is highly recommended. 

Quick and Dirty Minestrone

Add:

1-2 qt. chicken or vegetable broth, depending on whether or not you want it more soupy rather than stew-like
1 cup frozen corn (I have used canned before, it works fine in a pinch, but you probably only need half a can)
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1 can diced tomatoes (or, if you use jarred, half an 18.3 oz jar of diced tomatoes)
1 can garbanzo beans

into a pot. Add:

1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. Emiril's Original Essence
1/2 tsp. salt & 1/4 tsp pepper (or salt and pepper to taste)

Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and and simmer for no less than 30 minutes, but you can simmer for longer, if you want. About 30 minutes before serving, add:

1 cup rotini pasta, cooked -OR- 1 c. lentils, cooked (if you want grain free) -OR- omit it all together

Keep the heat on low until you are ready to serve. Garnish with cheese or dill.

Ingredients
1-2 qt. chicken or vegetable broth, depending on whether or not you want it more soupy rather than stew-like
1 cup frozen corn (I have used canned before, it works fine in a pinch, but you probably only need half a can)
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1 can diced tomatoes (or, if you use jarred, half an 18.3 oz jar of diced tomatoes)
1 can garbanzo beans
1 cup rotini pasta, cooked -OR- 1 c. lentils, cooked if you want grain free -OR- omit it all together
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. Emiril's Original Essence
1/2 tsp. salt & 1/4 tsp pepper (or salt and pepper to taste)

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