It’s an appropriate title.
- 4 T olive oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 4 oz turkey bacon, cut into small strips
- 2 thinly sliced carrots
- 2 medium potatoes, cut in small cubes
- 1 rutabaga, cut in small cubes
- 1 thinly sliced celery stalk
- 1 large minced garlic clove
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cabbage
- 5 cups vegetable broth
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup lightly packed chopped fresh parsley
- sea salt & black pepper
What I did:
- Pour olive oil into a large, heavy bottomed pot
- Add the diced onion, cook about five minutes on medium heat
- Add the rest of the veggies & turkey bacon, stir constantly for another minute or two
- Sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste (careful with the salt, pre-packaged broth/stock is already very salty).
- Add broth, tomatoes, parsley
- Turn heat down to med/low, cover, cook for about 30 minutes or until veggies are tender
- Almost too many to list! This is why minestrone rocks.
- Try beef or chicken broth instead of vegetable.
- Use any kind of vegetable (winter squash, summer squash, turnips, green beans, etc). Just chop them in relatively small pieces and use about four cups’ worth!
- Fresh in-season tomatoes instead of canned.
- Omit the turkey bacon to make a vegan-friendly soup, or add a different kind of pre-cooked meat (chicken sausage would be heavenly here).
- Add a cup of cooked pasta last-minute.
- Add a can of drained & rinsed red kidney beans.
- Cook this in a large slow cooker (best guess for timing: 4 hours on high, 7 on low)
- Top with some grated Parmesan cheese, and/or croutons, and/or serve with french bread.
This soup was so good, I ate two big bowls full last night and have some for lunch today.
When I first joined a CSA last year, I had no idea what I was getting into (in a good way, I promise). One thing that really changed was how I shopped for groceries and planned meals. I don’t know what I will be getting in my box until that very day, so I always have to be prepared! Trader Joe’s is my favorite store for stocking up on the following commonly-used ingredients:
- Rice – I usually have brown and white long-grain around.
- Quinoa – I just discovered this and I love it! It’s more pricey than rice, but a pound of it goes a long way.
- Pasta – many varieties!
- Hot sauce – I recommend both the chili and jalapeno from TJs.
- Olive oil – always buy the big bottle.
- Vinegar – rice, balsamic, cider, red wine, etc.
- Dried or fresh herbs – oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary, parsley, etc.
- Spices – pepper, cumin, turmeric, sea salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, curry, coriander, etc. Stocking up on these is a LOT cheaper if you get together with friends and order in bulk from a company like Mountain Rose Herbs. Remember: you can store spices in air-tight containers in your freezer to boost their life span!
- Stock & Broth – I go through chicken broth like nobody’s business!
- Flavorful oils & sauces – sesame, soy/tamari, Worcestershire.
- Beans – kidney, black, garbanzo, etc.
- Ginger root
- Garlic & Onions (if they aren’t being supplied in your CSA box).
- Parmesan cheese
- Turkey bacon, chicken sausage, meats you can store in the freezer.
- Sour dough bread – I pick up free past-date bread from a local recycling site. I either freeze it or slice it thin, sprinkle it with olive oil, salt & pepper and bake it into toast or crutons.