Hearty Minestrone

This hearty minestrone isn’t authentic but it is very good. There is a fair amount of chopping involved but actual at the stove cooking time is fairly short. This pot of soup went from pantry/fridge to table in just over an hour and it made my house smell fantastic.

Hearty Minestrone
Serves 4-6
4 slices bacon, chopped
2 T olive oil, divided
1 med onion, chopped
1 leek, white and light green part only, cleaned well and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 med carrots, split in half lengthwise and sliced
2 stalks celery, split in half lengthwise and sliced
1 zucchini, split in half lengthwise and sliced
2 med red potatoes, or a russet baking potato if that’s what you have, diced
2 cans diced tomatoes in juice (14 oz)
4 c chicken or vegetable stock
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 package cheese tortellini
parsley, for garnish
parmesan, shredded, for garnish

  1. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  2. Add bacon and fry for a couple minutes, just until it begins to brown.
  3. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil.
  4. Give the oil 30 seconds or so to warm up and add onion, leek and garlic to the pan.
  5. Stir well and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add carrots, zucchini, celery and potatoes.  Stir well and cook for a couple minutes.
  7. Next add the chicken stock, canned tomatoes and rinsed beans. Also add 1 can of water (14.5 oz)  Stir well.
  8. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes or so until the potatoes begin to soften. Stir occasionally and about halfway through, taste and adjust seasoning.
  9. While potatoes are cooking in soup, bring a water to a boil in a separate pot.
  10. Cook tortellini 2 minutes shorter than package directions.  Drain and add to soup pot.
  11. Stir well. Cook for 2 minutes,
  12. Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with parsley and parmesan if using.
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4 Responses to Hearty Minestrone

  1. OHHH that looks so good. It may go onto next week’s menu plan!!

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  3. Jody says:

    Sarah – I think you should put it on to next weeks plan. It’ll will make your house smell SO good! I hope you enjoy it!

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