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20-Minute Minestrone – Recipe!

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Weeknights are often hectic, starting with commuting home from work, to picking up the kids from school, sports and lets not forget the dreaded homework.  I remember those days oh-so-well and my heart goes out to parents that still find time to prepare a fresh meal for dinner.  Sometimes super quick meals lack flavor and personality, but this easy 20-Minute Minestrone is absolutely delicious and easy to prepare.  The key to putting together a decent quick meal is to keep a pantry with staples that are easy to use and flavorful. Cannellini beans or white beans, chicken broth and diced tomatoes are three essential pantry items I always have on hand.

20-Minute Minestrone with its authentic Italian flavors is great for dinner served with a grilled cheese sandwich or rustic roll.  You can always double the recipe for larger families or to enjoy as leftovers the next day or two and it makes a great tailgating soup ladled in a thermos, to enjoy at the big game.

Ingredients

2 carrots

1 fresh fennel bulb

1/2 red onion

2 teaspoons Italian seasoning or a combination of dried oregano, thyme, parsley

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 cups chicken broth

14 ounces canned diced tomatoes

1 cup canned cannellini beans, washed and drained

1 cup mini shell or macaroni pasta

1/2 cup parmesan cheese + more for sprinkling on top

fresh basil, optional

salt

pepper

olive oil

(Serves 4-6)

Doesn't everything taste better with a dusting of Parmesan?? 20-Minute Minestrone Recipe! Posted on my blog! #livelovelaughfood #soup #minestrone #20minutemeals #easyrecipes

Doesn’t everything taste better with a dusting of Parmesan?? 20-Minute Minestrone Recipe! Posted on my blog! #livelovelaughfood #soup #minestrone #20minutemeals #easyrecipes

To Prepare:

1.  Dice the onion and wash, peel and slice the carrots into 1/4 inch chunks.  Wash and slice the fennel into 1/4 inch slices.

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2.  In a large pot over medium heat, add 3 tablespoons of olive oil.  Add the sliced vegetables and saute for 3 minutes.  Then, add the Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.  Continue to cook the vegetables for 2 more minutes.

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3.  Next, add the chicken broth and stir to combine.

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4.  Then, add the diced tomatoes, cannellini beans and pasta to the soup.

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5.  Stir in 2 1/2 cups of hot water and turn the heat to simmer.

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6.  Place a lid on the pot, leaving a 1-inch gap for steam and cook the soup for 15 minutes.

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7.  Stir the fresh Parmesan cheese into the soup and ladle into bowls.  Top each bowl with a little more Parmesan cheese and some torn basil.  Enjoy!

Doesn't everything taste better with a dusting of Parmesan?? 20-Minute Minestrone Recipe! Posted on my blog! #livelovelaughfood #soup #minestrone #20minutemeals #easyrecipes

Doesn’t everything taste better with a dusting of Parmesan?? 20-Minute Minestrone Recipe! Posted on my blog! #livelovelaughfood #soup #minestrone #20minutemeals #easyrecipes

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