Monday, May 9, 2011

Classic Minestrone Soup

The secret ingredient in minestrone soup is the tomato paste. That's what contributes to the rich flavor and color of this soup. Add other vegetables to this soup as desired.

Classic Minestrone Soup
Serves 4

1 4 ounce can tomato paste
1/4 of a white onion
4 carrots, pealed and sliced
4 celery stalks, sliced
1 zucchini, diced
1 can of chickpeas
1 can chicken broth
1 teaspoon oregano
Cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
Fresh Parmesan, for serving

1. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute 5 to 10 minutes, until translucent.
2. Add carrots and celery. Stir and cook 5 minutes more.
3. Add zucchini, chickpeas, chicken broth, oregano, and black pepper. Cook over low heat about 30 minutes. If all liquid becomes absorbed, add more water or chicken broth.
4. Ladle soup into bowls and top with Parmesan cheese. Serve with crusty bread.

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