Happy New Year! It has finally gotten cold here, and actually feels like winter. Although, when I drove across town today, I noticed some of the trees’ leaves are turning yellow so it kind of feels like fall, too. Oh, and our daffodils are in bloom so in some ways it feels like spring! I guess we are seasonally challenged here in Arizona. We do have seasons, they just all happen at the same time!
But, because of the cold weather, I have been wanting to fix soup for dinner, lately. This recipe for minestroni soup is one of my favorites. It is so flavorful, and full of vegetables and yummy spices. It does take a long time to make because of all the chopping, but it isn’t hard to do. This recipe is perfect if you have to take dinner to someone who is sick, or are having company over, because it makes such a large quantity. You can have it for dinner, and still have enough to take to someone else, and even have leftovers after that. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
1 beef chuck roast (4 pounds)
- 1 gallon water
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 2 c sliced carrots
- 2 c sliced celery
- 1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes with liquid, cut up
- 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1/4 c chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tsp. salt or more to taste
- 1/2 tsp. pepper or more to taste
- 4 tsp. dried basil
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 2 pkg. (9 ounces each) frozen green beans
- 1 pkg. (16 ounces) frozen peas
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) kidney beans, drained
- 2 boxes (7 ounces each) shell macaroni, cooked
- Place beef roast, water, and bay leaves in a large kettle; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until meat is tender, about 3 hours. Make sure to simmer on a very low heat and watch carefully so water doesn’t boil away.
- Remove meat from broth; cool.
- Add onions, carrots, and celery to broth; cook for 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Cut meat into bite-size pieces; add to broth.
- Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, parsley, seasonings, beans, peas, and kidney beans. Cook until vegetables are done, about 10 minutes.
- Add macaroni and heat through.
- Remove bay leaves, and serve.