Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Roasted Vegetable Minestrone


Last week I made this Minestrone soup that The Pioneer Woman posted on her blog recently. The pictures lured me in, it just looked fantastic.



Photo by Ree Drummond


And it tasted fantastic, too! I did have to add an additional 4 cups of liquid to mine. I think my zucchini and yellow squash were on the big side. I may just do one of each next time, it made A LOT of soup. I also substituted Great Northern Beans for Cannelini Beans, since that’s what I had in my pantry. I’m looking forward to making it again when the weather cools a bit!

Here is the recipe:

  • 2 whole Zucchini, Halved, Cut Into Strips, Then Cubed
  • 2 whole Summer Squash, Halved, Cut Into Strips, Then Cubed
  • 8 ounces, weight White Mushrooms, Stems Removed And Quartered
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • 2 Tablespoons (additional) Olive Oil
  • 2 whole Carrots, Washed And Sliced (not Peeled)
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 3 stalks Celery, Sliced (leaves Included)
  • 8 cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 2 cans Cannelini Beans, Rinsed
  • 1 cup (heaping) Cut Green Beans, Fresh Or Frozen
  • 1-½ cup Medium Or Small Pasta Shells, Uncooked
  • 1 can (14.5) Diced Tomatoes With Juice
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoons Turmeric (optional)
  • Parmesan Cheese, Shaved
Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Toss cubed zucchini, squash, and mushrooms in a bowl with olive oil and a sprinkling of kosher salt. Arrange onto two sheet pans (to avoid crowding) and roast in the hot oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until brown and black parts begin to show. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a heavy pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add carrots, onions, and celery and stir to cook for 3 minutes. Pour in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for ten minutes.

Add cannelini beans and green beans. Cook on low for five minutes. Add pasta and cook for an additional five minutes. Add canned tomatoes, stir, and cook for an additional five minutes on low heat. Check for seasonings, adding salt, pepper, and turmeric.

Add roasted vegetables at the very end. Stir and allow to simmer and heat for a few minutes before serving. Be sure to check seasoning! Add more broth if necessary to increase liquid amount.

Serve with Parmesan shavings and crusty Italian bread.

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, this is fantastic! I have torpedo zucchini in my garden and have been searching high and low for things to do with it. Thank you for making this and giving it the "thumbs up" :) (and of course thanks for participating in Tasty Tuesday!).