Sausage & vegetable minestrone soup

12.24.12

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The world didn’t end on Friday, but the wild storms in Northern California kept us on the edge of our seats. Artichoke came running into the bedroom meowing at the top of his lungs around 6am just to let us know about the howling wind and pouring rain. Side note: I think I’m going to figure out how to set my alarm to the sound of a cat’s meow, because it’s really not that unpleasant of way to wake up. As long as it’s then accompanied by furry snuggles and loud purrs. My cousin Sofie and I made a run for it to my car across the street later that day and were drenched in 3 seconds flat. And cold. Very, very cold. This chilly wet weather put us all in the mood for soup last week.

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Chunky, vegetable-filled soup to warm us up with every bite. And this soup did just that. While the veggies simmered on the stove, Lucas decided it’d be a good time to tell me that he’s had many terrible minestrone soups. The good bowls were fantastic, but most, he claimed, have been gross. That’s what every home cook wants to hear – “Usually I don’t like this, but don’t worry, honey, I’m sure yours will be tasty.” No pressure.

When we finally dug into a steaming hot bowl, he paused to confirm it was the best bowl of minestrone he’s ever had, and went ahead and ate it for both lunch and dinner the following day. To be fair, I’m not sure what his comparison bar is because I’ll have to agree that many canned minestrone soups are sub-par with hard potatoes and undercooked beans. Even so, this soup is THE BOMB. That’s really the best way to describe it. Despite its seasoning simplicity, each hearty spoonful has loads of comforting flavor, leaving you feeling warm and healthy on a cold winter night. A new December staple in our kitchen. In fact, just two days later, we’ve now got a vegetarian version with soy chorizo cooking in the Le Creuset for Christmas Eve dinner.

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On the topic of soup, here’s Lucas’s all-time favorite card pair joke from the game Cards Against Humanity. Roll-on-the-floor-with-tears kind of laughter.

Prompt card: What does The Rock eat for breakfast?

Response card: Soup that is too hot.

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10 Comments

  1. Sher says:

    Looking forward to trying our vegetarian version tonight!

  2. Peggy says:

    Oh this looks like such a warm and comforting bowl of soup! I could definitely use one on a cold and wintery day like today =)

  3. I was looking for a minestrone recipe to make for a neighborhood party tomorrow night, and this sounds divine! Thanks so much for posting the detailed instructions and photo. YUM.

  4. Stacey Downing says:

    This sounded so delicious that I couldn’t wait to try it even though I didn’t have the exact ingredients. I substituted different beans, pasta and canned spinach for the fresh and it still taste fantastic! I look forward to trying it again with the ingredients called for. Thanks for sharing.

    • SnixyKitchen says:

      Awesome! So glad you made it and loved it! It’s great to know that it’s so flexible with the ingredients – thanks for sharing!

  5. Lindsay says:

    I just made a vegetarian version of this and it was so good. I also replaced the pasta with pearled barley, and only used one can of kidney beans because I had less broth on hand. Oh, also added red pepper flakes because if it is not spicy my husband will add siracha and I will feel lightly insulted. Otherwise, I followed the recipe and it was total win.

  6. Anabel Windows says:

    I bet that would be beautiful with a chunky chorizo & warm crusty bread too.

    A real treat on a cold snowy night.

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