my favorite meals come in bowls

January 6, 2009 at 8:14 pm | Posted in food | 2 Comments

minestrone is one of my all time favorite soups but is so often done awfully so i usually just stick to eating my own (or mom’s!) at home. tonight’s version was an extreme quicky, based on the st michael’s cookbook standby we’ve been using for years.

jon discovered these 500g bags of europe’s best veggies for 1.99$ at loblaws – way less than it would cost to buy all the veggies and chop them up myself (and faster, too). we got the mediterranean version (bell peppers in red/green/yellow, onions, zucchini, mushrooms, etc) and tried it out in omelets this weekend with success. this afternoon on my way home, i decided that it would be a superstar in soup! all the deliciousness of the vegetables i love with none of the effort of chopping. brilliant.

i put couple tbs of olive oil in the pot with the chopped up bacon (100g but i think i used more) heated up with a crushed clove of garlic, some salt and about a bag of the veggies. i sauteed them for a few minutes before adding a can of diced tomatoes, a big carrot that i cut up (like a dream with my newly sharpened knives) and some dried basil. when that came to a boil, i added the pasta (4oz of elbows) and about 750mls of chicken stock (most of a carton). 20 minutes later, some simmering, lots of stirring and many good smells and i added 1 can of drained red kidney beans for 10 more minutes before taking off the heat. easiest soup i’ve ever made, hands down.

and now for a funny story. before christmas, this old man i work with was eating some turkey. the wishbone was too bendy to pull, so he hung it up on the wall, draped over a thumbtack, to dry. yesterday it was deemed ready. he handed me one end, while he held on to the other and we pulled, each hoping for the bigger half. the wishbone was dry. so dry that the top connector piece shattered, leaving each of us with a short end. he took mine to measure it against his. what do you know. they were EXACTLY the same. what does it all mean?

he has promised me another wishbone that he’s got at home.



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  1. […] making minestrone for lunch. we’ll have leftovers for […]

  2. […] delicious soup, all from scratch, to keep in the freezer. i fell back on my two old favorites, the minestrone and the chicken chowder. the stock came from 3 chickens that i skinned and butchered up myself! he […]

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