It's Tuesday, which means tonight is small group night! A group of my girlfriends and I will be getting together at my house for a meal and Bible study. I like to provide a meal, and normally cook something simple, easy...but that also tastes good!
I found a minestrone recipe in an older Southern Living magazine, and tweaked it a little bit with what I had on hand. I also cooked it in the slow cooker all day instead of boiling and then simmering for an hour. We all really loved this and it made a LOT! Andrew and I had leftovers the next day, and he gave it a thumbs up, despite it being a vegetarian dish. ;) So, I wanted to share it with you! This makes (at least) 8 servings.
4 cups of water
1 regular sized jar of spaghetti sauce of your choice
1 medium onion, diced
1 pound of carrots, peeled and diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced (I use the squeezy kind, it's easier)
8oz (half box) of macaroni or short pasta of your choice, cooked per instructions (I used wheat)
2 cans of sliced white potatoes (or chunks), drained
2 cup of fresh kale (or spinach), chopped
1 tbsp cooking oil of your choice
Basil Garlic Oil** (optional)
In a skillet, heat your oil on medium-high, then add diced onion and carrots
Stir onions and carrots for about 5 minutes, then add minced garlic, stirring for a minute or so
(I do this first step to prevent too-crunchy carrots/onions. You could leave out if you want)
Add all ingredients except for your kale in the slow cooker
At this point, you MAY have to add a little more water, your choice
Let the soup cook on low all day, 6-8 hours
Before serving, add the chopped kale (or spinach) to the soup and let cook for another 30 minutes
Ladle the soup in to bowls and drizzle with basil oil
Serve with crusty bread
**For the Basil Oil
Add a handful of fresh basil, 2 tbsp of olive oil, and 2 garlic cloves in your food processor
Blend until ingredients have combined and add on top of soup bowls
This is optional, but really makes the soup flavors "pop"!
I hope you enjoy this meal, friends! We sure did.
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