The title sounds all crazy and challenging, but really…it was just dinner. A dinner that involved a little chopping and a little blending, but no big deal. In the end we had a beautiful, healthy, filling, home cooked vegan dinner and that feels good.
The minestrone is based on a recipe I found here. I changed it up a little, but not much. Here’s the scoop on the soup:
Minestrone Soup Serves 4
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can stewed tomatoes (15 oz)
6 baby carrots, diced
6 c. vegetable stock
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp celery salt
1 c. small shell macaroni
2 c. kale, chopped
Salt to taste
1/2 c. frozen peas
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 T. fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 c. red wine
1 T. balsamic vinegar
Add a few tablespoons of olive oil in the bottom of a soup pot that has a lid. Heat oil and add onions. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. In the last minute of cooking, add the garlic.
Add the tomatoes to the onions and garlic and simmer for another 4-5 minutes. Add the carrot and the broth and bring to a boil. Add the bay leaves, and celery salt cook until the carrots begin to soften. Add the wine and the kale. Then add pasta and garbanzo beans and stir often.
Add salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Simmer, uncovered, until the pasta is cooked. Add the peas and the balsamic vinegar. Stirl. Turn off heat, add fresh herbs. Stir again. Ladle in to bowls. If you aren’t concerned about the vegan status of the dish, some fresh parmesan grated on top is delicious, too, but completely unnecessary.
Here’s mine, simmering away and smelling scrumptious…
In the meantime, I was also working on the toasted bread with white bean spread. Grab a baguette from a local bakery, and slice it up. Put it on a baking sheet, rub or brush a little olive oil on to it, and pop it in the oven at around 425 until it begins to get lightly browned on the edges. Take it out and top it with some dollops of this yumminess that I found here. I love her stuff, by the way….
Roasted Garlic White Bean Dip (from Kitchy Kitchen)
And so, dinner was complete. Packed with the superfoods of kale and garlic, I’m sure this dinner could cure anything. Maybe. Since I have a decent cold right now, I’ll keep ya posted on that….