... and her King can have some too :)
It's winter here finally and everyone is either battling the cold or a cold as in my case. And what better weapon to wield in such a battle than flavorful, hot, homemade soup!
Last night, the counters were covered with fresh vegetables, cans of beans, spices galore, a large cutting board, an ancient food processor, and a huge soup pot. The kitchen was soon filled with mouth-watering scents and a minestrone soup was in the works.
This recipe was based on the Olive Garden minestrone soup, with a few personal adjustments of my own. I grilled some "Italian spiced" chicken and shredded it for the soup once it was done. The grilled flavor and juices from the chicken worked in so well to the soup.
If you're feeling cold, hungry, or in need of something delicious, make this soup!
3 chicken breasts, grilled and shredded
2 Tbps olive oil
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1 whole yellow onion, diced
4 big cloves garlic, minced
2 cups of Tomato sauce
3 cups beef or chicken broth (I used beef)
1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, un-drained
Small handful of fresh Basil, chopped
1 tsp dried Oregano
3-4 sprigs of fresh Rosemary, chopped
1/2 tsp Marjoram
1 Tbsp Cayenne pepper (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 15 oz. can of Kidney beans, drained
1 15 oz. can of White beans, drained
1 1/2 cups of uncooked pasta (I used ditalini pasta)
0. Heat up the grill and begin grilling your chicken breasts. I seasoned my chicken breasts with garlic powder, Italian seasoning, Cayenne pepper, oregano and balsamic vinegar.
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the ditalini pasta until al-dente. (They will cook some more in the soup.) Drain and rinse with cool water and set aside.
2. Heat the oil in the bottom of the soup pot. Using a food processor, dice up the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. Throw in the chopped veggies into the pot to begin cooking on medium (about 3 minutes).
3. Add the tomato sauce, broth, and diced tomatoes. Stir together. You may need to turn up the heat just a bit.
4. Add in all of the spices and herbs to the mix and stir again. I also added about a tablespoon of cayenne pepper because I like a bit of spice.
5 Dump in all of the beans and bring soup to a simmer. Cock the lid just a bit and cook on medium low.
6. When the chicken is done, shred all three breasts with a fork and add to the soup. Continue simmering for another 10-15 minutes or so.
7. Right before serving, add in the cooked pasta.