I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by good cooks in my life. My mom, both of my grandmothers, friends and a sister in law. You will never want for a good meal with these women around. I know the MEN in my life would most certainly agree!
I love to cook. Almost as much as I love taking pictures, it’s definitely a close second. There is something very relaxing about it for me, most days anyway. I love the warmth and aroma of a simmering pot, the color and textures of the food on a plate, the satisfaction that comes from feeding my family something homemade.
A few years ago I inherited my grandma’s recipe box. I was so excited to go through and find the recipes for those family favorites she had made as I was growing up. There were handwritten recipes of her own and those given to her by friends. Clippings from the food sections of magazines and newspapers. I even found a few in my own handwriting, recipes she had me recopy when the originals had become too worn. Such treasures.
Several of her recipes have now become staples in my own home, this recipe for Minestone soup being one of them.
Soups have been on heavy rotation for us this winter and this one gets lots of requests. We even had it for our Christmas Eve dinner. It is the wonderful soup and works perfectly as leftovers for lunch the next day.
6 sticks of Italian sausage, sliced (this is optional, I’ve had it with and without sausage and it’s excellent both ways)
1 yellow onion sliced thin
2 potatoes, diced
4-6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 28oz can tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup spaghetti broken into 1 inch pieces
1 1/2 tsp dried basil
3 T chopped, fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
If using, brown the sausage in dutch oven. Add chopped celery, carrots, onion, potato and garlic. Cook til onions are translucent. Add tomatoes, stock, basil and parsley. Simmer til vegetables are tender, then add pasta. Serve with parmesan cheese and homemade croutons.