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Zucchini Minestra Soup

Traditional minestrone soup with zucchini, potatoes, tomatoes, vegetables and savory Italian seasonings makes a warming and hearty lunch or first course.

Zucchini Minestra Soup

Zucchini  Minestra Soup

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

My recipe  of the day  is for zucchini minestra soup, which is an Italian vegetable soup which can be made in a variety of ways.

In this version, I have left out the pasta or beans which are commonly turned to, as they are pantry staples, and opted instead to make a type with potatoes. And instead of green beans which occasionally make an appearance, I have left the vegetables as zucchini squash, along with a spattering of leeks, onion,  and celery, all being bathed in the usual tomato base.

Zucchini Minestra Soup

This is very much perfect for a snowy winter day, as it is here today.  The snowflakes are flying, and while in Cincinnati I am not being buried as the northern tier of the midwest  is under a foot high blanket in  blizzard conditions, I can comfortably enjoy  this flurry of  winter without  any real  accumulation.

Which of course, means no  sidewalk shoveling, leaving lots more time  to bake some Christmas cookies, which  I  will be sharing with you all of next week.  Just in  time for you to sort out your holiday baking plans.

It really is a good idea to  plan ahead, and that’s one thing that blogging has helped me with. I am normally guilty of holding off until the last second to  make menu decisions. But as a blogger, the window for  cooking and baking  arrives  several  weeks earlier (sometimes even earlier than that) so everything can be made ready to  put into a blog post.

Otherwise  it sits cooling its heels in the archive for a year- and trust me, I have  plenty of that material. Not all of it is being late getting  things made, but I cook prolifically, and I just don’t have time to blog everything properly, so it stacks up. Of course, Murphy’s law says that if I need a specific type of recipe to  blog together with my friends on a theme, I  can guarantee you I will have absolutely zero of those recipes set aside.

So it keeps me  hoppin’. Enjoy this one, which has been waiting in my files since February of 2016. But I  assure you- in all  that time, none of its  deliciousness has been lost. Not a single drop.

~s

Zucchini Minestra Soup

Zucchini Minestra Soup

  • Servings: 9
  • Difficulty: easy
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Zucchini Minestra Soup Yield: 9 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, diced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes with basil
  • 12 ounces diced zucchini
  • 7 ounces Russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 teaspoons basil paste

Method:

  1. Simmer leek, onion, celery, garlic, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, vegetable broth and tomatoes for thirty minutes.
  2. Add zucchini, potatoes, and basil paste, then simmer 45 minutes more.

From  the kitchen of palatablepastime.com


Zucchini Minestra Soup

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