Marvelous Minestrone

Marvelous Minestrone | ChopChop

Description

Minestrone [min-eh-STRONE-y] actually means “big soup.” Loaded with good-for-you veggies and beans, just add bread and cheese and you have a whole meal.

Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Makes: 6 to 8 Servings

Kitchen Gear: 

Measuring spoons
Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Measuring cup
Can opener
Strainer or colander
Large heavy bottomed soup pot
Large wooden spoon
Oven mitts

Ingredients

1 tablespoon
olive oil or vegetable oil
1  
large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
4  
carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced
2  
celery stalks, halved lengthwise and sliced
3  
garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
2 teaspoons
dried basil
1  
16-ounce can diced tomatoes, including liquid
10 cups
chicken, beef, or vegetable stock
1⁄2 bunch
kale, about 4-5 cups, chopped
1⁄3 cup
orzo
2 cups
cooked or canned white or kidney beans, drained and rinsed with cold water
   
freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Put the pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium. When it is hot, add the oil, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and basil and cook, stirring occasionally until the vegetables begin to soften, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, broth, and kale and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and cook 1 hour.
  3. Add the orzo and beans and cook until the orzo is tender, about 12 minutes.
  4. Serve right away, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days. ​