I have always really liked minestrone because there no right or wrong. You can add whatever you have that is fresh, canned , frozen or dried! I prefer the base to be tomato, but it does not have to be that way.
I had a pretty big variety of fresh veggies that needed to be used so this is what we had:
- 4 Potatoes
- 2 Carrots
- 1/2 Onion
- 1/2 Small Cauliflower
- 1lb Fresh Green Beans
- 4 Teeth Garlic
- 1 Large Can of tomatoes(half processed, half left chunky)
- 1/2 lb Elbow Macaroni
- Better than bullion, no chic broth(to taste)
- Fresh oregano, salt, pepper, and some green onion to garnish.
- Make 6 cups broth, add 1/2 can tomato pureed and spices, bring to boil.
- Add potato, cauliflower, onion, and pasta.
- Add green beans when other veggies are al dente, turn off heat and serve.
Everyone ate their soup, although Nikki and Addison were not totally psyched about the tomato base. I do have to say that I am very excited that Carter ate a good sized portion. He used to get the gag reflex if you even said soup. Not sure if it was the pasta or the tomato base, I did not ask any probing questions.
You may get the impression from my posts that I am not doing kid friendly food..... my philosophy has been to keep trying to get the kids to try new things. For the most part they eat what I am inclined to cook, if they really do not like it I usually have a plan "B". There are many meals that have a basic component that Nikki and I add more adventurous toppings.
Carter is working on eating his soup, he's not wearing a big smile, but he did eat and enjoyed!!!