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Anything goes minestrone

November 29, 2010

I hope everyone had a great weekend!  We had what seems to be a typical one.  Hot and sunny with some beach time on Saturday, then rainy and cool with some kitchen time on Sunday.   Works for me!   On Friday I managed a 4 km run on the treadmill and a quick leg workout (my least favorite body part to do).   Then on Saturday Steve and I did an 8 km walk/hike to one of the next towns over.  Coogee beach.  LOTS of stairs and what seemed to be uphill the entire way.    It was hard but my glutei maximi were grateful!

Sunday was another 7 km walk and this time the glutes were just angry!   Today a good walking stick as well as bars next to the toilet would really come in handy.    I’m still grateful though cause it’s a good pain 

Sundays I roast up a big batch of veggies for the week but I think the chilly day caused cravings for some comfort food.  My favorites are a roasted chicken, a huge pot of spicy chili or like today a vegetable packed Minestrone.

I love cooking dishes like minestrone.  No measuring and almost anything goes!

Get the biggest pot you can find and start choppin!

Add crushed tomatoes.  I keep the bottles for dried herbs.

Chop some more veggies.

Give it a good stir

And enjoy a big hot bowl of home-made minestrone.

Anything goes minestrone

Olive oil




green pepper



sweet potato

green beans

canned tomatoes and sauce (sometimes I use V8 juice)

veggie stock


kidney beans

small pasta (optional)

I used fresh basil and oregano

I also also used dried basil, oregano, thyme and parsley

salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions, shallots and garlic in olive oil until tender.  Add all other veggies as you finish chopping each one.  Once vegetables are in pot and coated with the olive oil,  add tomatoes and stock until veggies are just covered.  Add all dried spices and let mixture slowly simmer for 1 hour.   Once veggies are cooked through, add fresh herbs and beans.  Remove from heat.    I like to add pasta to each serving of minestrone separately since it just becomes a big gooey mess when cooked in the soup and then re-heated throughout the week.    Serve with crusty bread and a green salad.

What’s your favorite comfort food?



10 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelly permalink
    November 29, 2010 7:03 am

    looks like a nice little kitchen you have there!

    • November 29, 2010 4:01 pm

      The kitchen is ok…the nice thing is that it’s open into the living room with is of course where the view is.

  2. Lisa permalink
    November 29, 2010 12:58 pm

    vodka or wine. Oh, I also like beef stew or chili. You look great and very cute little dress. The kitchen looks nice too.

  3. Lisa permalink
    November 29, 2010 4:31 pm

    vodka most definitely is, especially in the form of a cosmo. Did I tell you that my sister and I did the “Sex and the City” tour in NYC?

  4. sandra permalink
    November 29, 2010 10:16 pm

    Nice kitchen! My fav comfort food is bread and wine !

  5. November 30, 2010 5:16 am

    Nice to “see” you on here, stranger. Loving the recipes. Hope Australia’s treating you well.
    You’ve inspired me to maybe get off my ass today and post on my blog…maybe. 🙂
    I’m so damn lazy!!!

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