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Monday, January 13, 2014

Minestrone Soup and a Giveaway

January is National Soup Month and it couldn't have come at a better time. Here in NJ, as is in most of the country, we've been experiencing extremely frigid temperatures. So what would be better than a nice, hot bowl of soup to warm your soul. This week, I'll be sharing a new soup recipe each day. And to start, here is one of my all time favorites, Minestrone.

Minestrone is a thick, Italian soup made up of vegetables, rice or pasta, beans and stock. In my version, I opted for Organic vegetable stock, but you can substitute chicken stock if you prefer. When made this way, this soup is low in saturated fat and high in fiber, iron and vitamins B6 and C. Minestrone is a deliciously filling, heart healthy soup that can be served as a complete meal as is or pair it with a tossed salad or crusty Italian bread. ~Enjoy!

Minestrone Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes  Cook Time: 45 minutes   Servings: 6 (1 cup)
  • 1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Medium Zucchini, quartered and sliced 1/2" thick
  • 1/2 Medium Yellow Squash, quartered and sliced 1/2" thick
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, diced
  • 4 c. Vegetable Broth
  • 2 c. Water
  • 1-15(ounce) Can Cannelini Beans, rinsed under cool water
  • 1/2 c. Dry Small Tubular Pasta (Tubetti, Ditalini, etc)
  • 1/4 c. Pecorino Romano Cheese, grated
  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat and add zucchini, yellow squash, garlic, rosemary and tomatoes. 
  2. Saute 2-3 minutes until the squash starts to soften; then add the vegetable broth, water and beans. Simmer on low for 30 minutes. 
  3. Add the pasta and increase heat to medium-high and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes. Stir in the cheese when the pasta has softened. 

Nutrition Facts per Serving
Calories 147, Carbs 26.3g, Fat 2.8g, Protein 6.8g, Fiber 5g, Sugar 3g
*Calculations based on ingredients entered into Calorie Count and may not be 100% accurate.

I've also dug into the CEK archives and found some other soup recipes you may like to try!  

And now for the Giveaway....

Because I use (and love)! my immersion blender; especially when making soups, I wanted to give one lucky reader the chance to win their very own KitchenAid 2-Speed Hand Blender in Contour Silver during SOUP WEEK. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter link below. Winner will be selected on Monday, January 20, 2014 and will have 48 hours to respond. GOOD LUCK and don't forget to tune in each day this week as I'm sharing a new soup recipe each day.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Disclaimer: Contest valid 1/13/14-1/19/14 for U.S. residents only. This is not a sponsored post. Product was purchased by me and all opinions about KitchenAid products are my own. 


  1. Great soup recipes perfect for the really cold WI nights and awesome giveaway thank you.

  2. Sure hope to win such a nice prize. Thx for the opportunity!

  3. i have always wanted one of these mixer's, hope it is my lucky day. Thank you for the chance to win

  4. You're welcome~Good Luck Everyone!


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