Easy Vegetable and Pasta Soup
Yields: about 8 cups Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes
Super simple, and coming together in under an hour, this soup has a rich vegetable flavor that is garden fresh and perfect for the whole family!
1 medium zucchini, sliced
2 large (3 medium) carrots, sliced
1 small onion, diced
1/2 tablespoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter (can use olive oil if want to keep vegan)
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, diced
1/4 cup finely sliced hardy greens (I used kale & Swiss chard from the garden)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
2 cups dried pasta (such as penne, rigatoni, bowtie)
2 cups water
4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
3/4 cup chopped tomatoes (I just took the skins off of 3 tomatoes from the garden and chopped, minus the seeds)
1 teaspoon salt
Parmesan cheese to garnish, if desired
1. Prepare vegetables by slicing zucchini, greens and carrots and dicing the onions, garlic and parsley.
2. In a pot, heat olive oil and butter and sauté the prepared vegetables and garlic from step one (no tomatoes). Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, until vegetables are partially cooked and browned on the outside. Add tomatoes and corn.
3. Add water, chicken stock, salt, dried basil, balsamic vinegar and fresh parsley.
4. Bring pot to a boil and add in pasta. Cook about 8-10 minutes until pasta is cooked.
5. Soup is ready to eat! Garnish with Parmesan cheese if desired and serve.
We had just come home from a huge party, and while everything tasted yummy, we all felt kind of icky. Even one of the kiddos requested carrots and broccoli for dinner. Frozen pizza wasn’t going to cut it, and we need something quick. So, I took one look at the fridge (and the overflowing pile of garden veggies on the counter), and this soup was born. Spices are kept mild but present to maintain an underlying fresh taste and really enhance the natural flavors present in the vegetables.
This soup came together pretty quickly, which is always a plus. All five of us were drained from a day of fun, and run down from tasty (but not-so-good-for-you) food. The cool thing about soup is even the family members low on teeth can also enjoy due to the softness of the veggies. Also, if there is any huge aversion to anything, it can usually easily be removed without a big ordeal. Needless to say, after this dinner, our health-o-meter was back in the green and we all felt much better!
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