Are you like me? Is the first question you ask when you sit down at a restaurant, "What’s your soup of the day?" That’s always my first question, especially when it’s cold outside. I’m a soup lover, a lover of soup. A super soupy lover.
Sunday was our first rain of the season. After my mad dash in my pajamas to drag the outdoor cushions into the garage, I smelled that smell. You know the one: First Rain. That first rain of the season that makes the earth smell so good you wish someone bottled it. There’s got to be a candle somewhere called "First Rain", anyone know where I can get it? In my world, rain goes hand in hand with hearty soup.
There’s this Italian restaurant in my town that makes the best minestrone soup I’ve ever had. When I was a working girl, and felt myself coming down with a sore throat, I would phone in an order of a large minestrone and pick it up on my way home from work. It always brought me back to life and saved me from the impending ailment. In fact, my husband and I joke that this restaurant’s minestrone is so good, it can cure anything. So I set my sights on capturing the same flavor at home, and this quick and easy version certainly tastes just like it.
Personally, what I love about this minestrone is there is no pasta in the recipe. Even with my Italian grandmother’s blood pulsing through my veins, I’ve finally come to terms with the absolute fact that I’d rather skip those mini shell pastas in my minestrone. And I must have rich tomato flavor. And white beans. And hearty fresh squash. And fresh shaved parmesan. And crusty bread. Nuff said.
#1: Tasty Thirty Minute Minestrone