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




Ingredients
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
 


Directions:
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.




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  1. Laura at Simply Lowcountry
    January 13, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Xo-Lsimplylowcountry.blogspot.com

  2. Bekah @ reโ€ขsolve
    January 13, 2014 / 4:21 pm

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

  3. SoSadTeacher
    January 13, 2014 / 6:02 pm

    Yum! I have been looking for a new soup recipe. I will have to try this out ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Maria G
    January 13, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    This looks really good! I love trying out new soup recipes in the winter ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Megan@TwoDelighted
    January 13, 2014 / 6:04 pm

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

  6. Carroll
    January 13, 2014 / 6:43 pm

    That looks amazing! I got the ingredients for your pork roast recipe at the store yesterday and hope to cook it this week. ๐Ÿ™‚ I'll have to add this soup to my list, too!

  7. Brianne Bracco
    January 13, 2014 / 7:09 pm

    Scrumptious!!! Totally pinning to make for a chilly day ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. PrettyLuckyMama
    January 13, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    This looks amazing!!! I know hubby will love this ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing the recipe :)PS – I nominated you for a Liebster Award on my blog!!!

  9. Jillian Manesh
    January 13, 2014 / 9:47 pm

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

  10. Sara Dana
    January 14, 2014 / 12:17 am

    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. daniela
    January 14, 2014 / 7:56 am

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

  12. tara chaney
    January 14, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    this looks delicious!!! i love the addition of the butternut squash! thanks for sharing!!! tarawww.chanesoflove.com

  13. Dubbs12
    January 14, 2014 / 5:52 pm

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

  14. Kelly Elizabeth
    January 15, 2014 / 6:10 pm

    Nothing like homemade minestrone in the winter! Love it!

  15. Tara Illy
    January 17, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    It's been forever since I've popped by but how cute are you?!?!?!? Glowing I say ๐Ÿ™‚

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