November 27, 2011
There is nothing more comforting or restorative than a bowl of hot soup, preferably minestrone soup. This soup is filled with vegetables, beans, and pasta all brought together in a light tomato broth. This is the type of soup where you can add odds and ends leftover in your fridge and it will be delicious.
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups onion, finely diced
1 cup celery, finely diced
1 cup carrot, finely chopped
1 tablespoon thyme, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fennel seed, ground
6 cloves garlic, sliced
4 cups zucchini, small diced
1 cup potatoes, small diced
4 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon table salt, to taste
In another large saucepan over medium high heat, heat oil. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the Canadian bacon and cook until it begins to brown, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook about 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat to medium and add the onions, celery, and carrots. Cook until the vegetables are soft, stirring often to prevent browning. Add the herbs.