Hearty Country-Style Minestrone Soup with Kale

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When the weather turns chilly, a favorite soup is this hearty Country-Style Minestrone Soup. Packed with healthy veggies, it will warm you down to your toes.




Perfect comfort food… in a bowl. The coziest kind, in my opinion!

When I begin reviewing my weekly food log and realize I haven’t had enough veggies… this soup goes on the menu!

If snowflakes begin to fall, this soup in on the menu.

When a family member feels “under the weather,” this soup is on the menu.

So now you know… I make it often.

It’s just a delicious and easy soup recipe I adapt during the cold and frosty winter months, depending on what vegetables I have in the refrigerator. Filled with antioxidants and nutrients that will ward off the chill and nourish¬†my guys. A favorite Country-Style Minestrone Soup.

To make this soup a main-dish, place a thick slice of french bread in the bottom of the bowl, ladle the soup over it and sprinkle an ample amount of freshly grated Parmesan Cheese.

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Hearty Country-Style Minestrone Soup

Hearty Country-Style Minestrone Soup with Kale | 31Daily.com

When the weather turns chilly, a favorite soup is this hearty Country-Style Minestrone Soup. Packed with healthy veggies, it will warm you down to your toes. Mix and match veggies based on what is in your fridge.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 small zucchini, diced
  • 1/2 small head green cabbage, chopped
  • 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 large red potato, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried macaroni
  • 1 15-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • freshly grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

Heat olive oil in large soup pot. Saute onion, celery, carrots, garlic, and parsley over medium heat until soft but not brown, about 10 minutes.

Add zucchini, cabbage, tomatoes with their juices, basil, bay leaf and, kale.

Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add broth, potato, macaroni, and beans. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes or until potatoes and cabbage are tender.

Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with Parmesan Cheese and slices of crusty Italian bread.




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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.