Monday, January 13, 2014

Winter Minestrone Soup

There's nothing more satisfying than a large bowl of hearty winter soup on a chilly day. Recently I made a large batch of Winter Minestrone Soup and Matt and I both agreed it was one of the best soups we've ever had. It does require a little bit of prep work, but it's totally worth it!
Winter Minestrone Soup
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa
olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions
2 cups diced carrots
2 cups diced celery 
2 1/2 cups diced peeled butternut squash
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic 
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
26 ounces canned tomatoes
6 to 8 cups chicken stock
1 bay leaf Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1.5 cups cooked petite elbow pasta
8 to 10 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup good dry white wine
2 tablespoons pesto
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
Cook pasta according to the directions on the package, drain, and set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add the onions, carrots, celery, squash, garlic, and thyme and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, bay leaf, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Discard the bay leaf. Add the beans and cooked pasta. If the soup is too thick, add more chicken stock. Just before serving, add the spinach and cook just until the leaves are wilted. Stir in the white wine and pesto. Serve hot in bowls with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.
Yields 6 to 8 servings.


  1. This looks delish! My husband has been wanting to do some soup recipes, so we will be trying this one out for sure!! I'm going to try making your Crockpot Chicken Tacos this week, it's on my meal plan for Thursday night :)


  2. oooh...looks awesome - an easy broth substitution is all I need to make it veg. Can't wait to try it!

  3. Yum! I have been looking for a new soup recipe. I will have to try this out :)

  4. This looks really good! I love trying out new soup recipes in the winter :)

  5. This looks yummy! I have always been scared of butternut squash. It seems too fancy for my skills.

  6. That looks amazing! I got the ingredients for your pork roast recipe at the store yesterday and hope to cook it this week. :) I'll have to add this soup to my list, too!

  7. Scrumptious!!! Totally pinning to make for a chilly day :)

  8. This looks amazing!!! I know hubby will love this :) Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

    PS - I nominated you for a Liebster Award on my blog!!!

  9. YUM! this looks so tasty! a great recipe for the winter. xo

  10. YUM! Or, at least one can assume, from your delicious pictures!!!
    Being from Minnesota, land of arctic-like tundra, New Soup recipes are GREATLY coveted!
    So glad to have found you! Thank You, for the Recipe share!!!

  11. This looks delicious! Can't wait to try.


  12. this looks delicious!!! i love the addition of the butternut squash! thanks for sharing!!!

  13. This looks so delish!!! Got all the ingredients last night!

  14. Nothing like homemade minestrone in the winter! Love it!

  15. It's been forever since I've popped by but how cute are you?!?!?!? Glowing I say :)


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