When I was little, on my dads side of the family, the ladies would always get together for birthdays and special occasions. We would meet for lunch and visit. I remember loving these times together with the ladies and getting to see my cousins. One of the places we would often meet was the Olive Garden. My mom and I would always get the soup and salad special. Which if I remember correctly was unlimited soup, salad, and breadsticks. Yum!! No wonder I loved these get togethers so much! Ha!!
I would always get one of two soups, either the Minestrone or Pasta e fagioli. Both soups are delicious and to this day when I go there it is always a toss up to what I am going to get. Today, however, I am sharing with you a version of the Minestrone soup that I like to cook when ever I’m in the mood for some Italian comfort food. This version is very easy and can be thrown together at the last minute. It’s perfect served by itself, with a salad, or with some hummus and pita chips (that’s what I ate with mine. 😉
And of course to add my husbands advice in here…can you guess it??? Yes, you could add some Italian sausage or shredded chicken to this soup and it would be perfect! Yes, and it would make it even more Glorious! love you honey!
- 1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings. I used one with garlic, basil, & oregano.
- 1 (14 oz) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (14oz) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
- 1 medium yellow pepper, chopped
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup dried penned pasta
- 2 cups spinach, chopped
- shredded Parmesan for garnish
- On the stove top pour your tomatoes, 2 cups of water, beans, broth, yellow pepper, seasonings, and pasta. Stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce to medium and let simmer for 10 minutes or until the pasta is done.
- Stir in the spinach and let cook for 5 more minutes.
- Spoon into individual bowls.
- Garnish with shredded Parmesan if you wish.
It’s almost the weekend everyone!! Yippee!! Love to all and mountains of blessings to each of you!