You know those days when it takes all your restraint not to pick up the phone and call for delivery or hop in the car and bust over to one of your favorite go-to joints? Last night happened to be one of those days! But there is a solution – you need something fast, easy, and delicious, you need Hearty (the air is so cold it hurts my face) Winter Vegetable Soup.
This soup is so easy it barely warrants a recipe at all and you can substitute ingredients with whatever you have on hand (no pasta in the pantry? Try diced potatoes!) but I’m willing to bet most of you have a lot of these ingredients already kicking around. If you don’t, these items are super cheap at the store! All you need to cook up a delicious bowl of comfort is:
- 1 yellow onion, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 3 stalks of celery, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme (or rosemary or another hearty herb)
- 28oz (1 lg. can) of chopped tomatoes
- 1.5L of water of stock
- 1c of pasta
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
For some extra yums make some Parmesan Toasties:
- Bread (ciabatta, French loaf – anything really)
- Olive oil
- Parmesan cheese (or any cheese you have on hand)
This soup takes about 30 minutes from start to finish; it’ll be ready before the delivery guy even makes it to your door!
- Chop the onion, carrots, and celery but leave it pretty chunky, it doesn’t have to be perfect! This would also a good time to mince the garlic (or use your garlic press) and turn your broiler on high.
- Heat a large stock pot on medium/high and add a little olive oil to coat the bottom of the pot. Once the oil is warm add in the onion, carrots, and celery and let them ‘sweat’ for a few minutes (sweat: let the vegetables soften, the onions will start to become translucent) then add the garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper (to taste) (I also like to add some red pepper flakes for a little spice) and let all that cook for a couple of minutes as well.
- Add the tomatoes and water or stock then simmer the works for 10-15 minutes (this would be an ideal time to fix yourself a cocktail…just saying)
- Add the pasta (use whatever you have but bite size pieces are nice so if you only have penne or spaghetti break it up into smaller bits) and let that cook for another 8-10 minutes.
- While the pasta cooks slice the bread and arrange on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan then broil for 1-2 minutes – keep an eye on it, they go quick!
- Serve up the soup into bowls a top with the parmesan toasts and a little sprinkle of parsley to make it fancy. Enjoy!
This Hearty Winter Vegetable Soup can easily serve 6 but also freezes well for meals down the road – awesome for all my single ladies (and fellas) as well as large families! Cheers!