As I have said before, soup should be a food group…especially during the winter!
This hardy minestrone is super-healthy. You can opt to make it with or without the pasta. Also, you can experiment with using other beans other than the ones listed in this recipe.
I would recommend doubling the recipe and freezing the extra in some large-sized Ball jars. These are on sale usually every-other-week at Hobby Lobby!
I love soup. One of the reasons fall and winter are great times of year is that soup is almost always right! Even in Orange County, CA! I love pea and bean soups and have another recipe for Split Pea Soup on the blog but in this version, I use Trader Joe’s 10 Minute Barley in place of the potatoes and leave out some of the seasonings.
When making this soup, it is always about desired consistency. I used 8 cups of water/stock but you can always opt for more or less. It is all up to you and your personal preferences. I recommend starting out with 6 cups and adding more, a little at a time.
This soup can also be made in the crock pot and the dried, split peas can be soaked overnight to cut down on cooking time.
Any questions/comments, please let me know.
OK, please don’t laugh out loud when I tell you I was in the mood for chili when the Southern California temps dipped into the low 60’s! Since I was born and raised in upstate New York you think I would be used to below zero temperatures and mounds of snow. Needless to say, I prefer palms to pines and sand to snow.
My husband cannot handle spices very well so this recipe is a mild version of chili but if you like a bit more heat, increase the chili powder from 1 tsp. to 1 Tbl. Also, this calls for 2 cups of water to make the chili more soup-like but if you prefer it super thick, decrease it to 1 cup.