HOMEMADE MINESTRONE SOUP – Katie Did What
Here's another Zack Special: his homemade minestrone soup. So simple, so delicious, healthy and a huge hit for the whole family! Even our picky eaters devoured this one! He's a keeper, and so good for a cold night!Homemade minestrone soupIngredients:- 1 cup of dry noodles (we use ditalini)- 1 cup of carrots, chopped- 1 cup […]

Here's another Zack Special: his homemade minestrone soup. So simple, so delicious, healthy and a huge hit for the whole family! Even our picky eaters devoured this one! He's a keeper, and so good for a cold night!

Homemade minestrone soup

Ingredients:
- 1 cup of dry noodles (we use ditalini)
- 1 cup of carrots, chopped
- 1 cup of celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup onions, chopped
- 4 cups of broth (we use chicken or vegetables)
- 1 tablespoon of oregano
- 1/2 tablespoon of basil
- Pinch of salt
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup marinara sauce (or plain tomato sauce if you don't have marinara, add another pinch of oregano and basil in this case)
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 1 can of red beans
- 1 can of green beans

1. Cook the noodles separately, following the directions on the box.

2. Sauté carrots, celery and onions.

3. Sometimes we also add chopped zucchini and yellow squash, after the carrots, celery and onions have sautéed for about 3 minutes.

4. Add about 4 cups of broth. Bring to a boil.

5. Season with oregano, basil, a pinch of salt and garlic powder.

6. Add about 1 cup (whichever you like) of the marinara sauce. Bring to a boil.

7. Add the chickpeas, kidney beans, green beans. Cook for another 5 minutes.

8. Add the noodles. Stir in and cook for about 1 minute.

9. Serve hot and enjoy! (Optional: garnish with halved cherry or grape tomatoes and fresh basil).

Let us know if you are doing this !!! Tag me on social media or leave a comment here! 🙂

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