There’s something elemental about soup. The components are simple: vegetables, water, maybe some meat, possibly pasta or rice, some herbs or other seasonings. The ingredients are not costly, and it is fairly easy to make an ample amount of nourishing food for the family. It’s a meal that is better made early in the day so that it is ready when the family congregates. Soup appeals us today for all of these reasons. Not only does it nourish the body, but it warms and soothes the spirit as well.
As I have said before, having soup in the freezer is like saving for a rainy day. It’s there when you need it. I like to make it while listening to a podcast. Do you listen to the Bon Appetit podcast? It’s like having a very knowledgeable foodie friend.
This minestrone recipe is large, feeds about 10. When I make it, Mr. DB and I have it for dinner with some bread. Then I freeze the rest in small portions for lunch or dinner. It’s also a nice homemade lunch for my elderly mother-in-law or a friend who is feeling under the weather. And, it’s completely vegetarian too.
Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients. It takes under an hour to make and yields so much in quantity. It’s well worth the effort. You can get the recipe here.
Grate a little (or a lot) of parmesan cheese on top for added creaminess and richness.
Let me know what you think!