Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
Nothing like a big bowl of warming soup on a chilly evening. Hearty enough to be a meal in itself.
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 cups water
- 2 cups chopped zucchini
- 1 cup diced carrot
- 1 cup beans, chopped
- 1 cup canned kidney beans, drained
- 3⁄4 cup diced celery
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
- ground black pepper
- 400 g canned tomatoes
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1⁄4 cup uncooked macaroni
- 4 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese
- Place onion in saucepan with one tablespoon water and saute until clear.
- Add remaining water and vegetables and bring to the boil.
- Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 25 minutes.
- Add macaroni, cover and cook for another 10 minutes.
- Place in large bowls, sprinkle with cheese, and serve with crusty bread.
rarely is something as light and nutritious as tasty as this. i thought this recipe was very flexible so i just adapted it to include whatever veggies i had on hand, so i threw in some peas and corn too. i used fresh basil and i little extra seasoning. i also used some knorr veg stock instead of just water. dusted with parmesan, this was a delightful little supper with a crusty homemade bread.
I included everything in this recipe, and also added a full can of corn and a full can of garbanzo beans (both drained.) Since I'd added so much extra volume with the beans and corn, I added some more water and increased the amount of the herbs to help compensate. I also added a tiny bit of salt. The prep-work for this soup took about seven minutes. As an interesting side note, the total cost of this pot of soup was $3.10. It made the volume eqivalent of seven cans of ready to eat soup, for which I have been paying $2.00 per can. So a savings of $10.90 on seven cans worth of soup and my vegan husband LOVED it.
I probably shouldn't even rate this as I made some changes. I doubled the dried herbs and garlic, and that was a good thing. I could have easily put even more in and not hurt the soup. I used fresh tomatos, and that was a mistake, because I don't think I had enough. I sprinkled a little dried tomato dust to help make up for it, as well as extra water, but I think next time I'll use the canned ones. I also used cheese tortellini instead of pasta and cheese. That was excellent. The recipe as it stands would be a very bland soup indeed. However, the overall mix of ingredients is very good. I say, try this one, but use it as a guideline and adjust according to your personal taste before serving.