Showing posts from March, 2014

Minestrone, The King of Soups

Even before I quit smoking, I loved minestrone soup. Back, when I thought I still disliked most foods and vegetables, we had to take a semester of Home Economics as a part of high school and in the class we made minestrone soup. That was my first encounter with it and I loved it.

There are lots of variations of minestrone out there, but mine is purely vegetarian and I keep it that way to enjoy the bright, fresh, tastes of the vegetables as they mix and mingle while cooking away in my crockpot. This recipe does require a large slow cooker to work with as there's a lot of vegetables, liquids, and so forth. I use my 8 quart slow cooker and this gets filled to the rim!

3 large cloves of garlic, chopped2 cups of sweet onion (vidalia is nice), chopped2 cups chopped celery2 cups carrots, sliced3 cups vegetable broth2 cups water1 28oz and 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes1/2 cup red wine or  1/4 cup of sherry (optional)1 cup kidney beans, drained2 cups green beans2 cups baby spinach, rinsed3 zu…