If It’s Monday There’s Soup

It was a fabulous weekend; food and family on Saturday, then a mini road trip on Sunday to explore some of South Jersey. Today is Monday and that means a pot of soup is simmering on the stove, a crispy iceberg salad is chilling in the fridge, crusty Italian bread is nestled gently in the bread basket while a bottle of Chianti is breathing on the countertop. These are fond memories of a time when my mother-in-law was bustling around in the kitchen like a well tune instrument, her apron hugging her like armor, protection from the occasional attack coming from an angry pot or pan. The aroma of broth would hang like a cloud in the kitchen and immediately your mouth would begin to water knowing that something wonderful was hidden under the cover of that stockpot. Monday maybe “soup” day but there was a repertoire of soups from classic chicken noodle, lentil, spilt pea and minestrone to cream of asparagus or potato leek. Funny thing, Monday is still “soup” day and those oldies but goodies are still a staple along with some newbies that have emerged over the years. Today the salad is arugula instead of iceberg lettuce, the wine is a bottle from a wonderful boutique winery located in Cape May and is of the same name, the bread is Italian, of course and the soup is a personal favorite, minestrone. And so I will sit at the table enjoying my meal thinking of the legacy that is a part of me and the beautiful family from where all these blessings have originated. Ciao

Quick Minestrone

1 large onion chopped

2 cloves of garlic diced

1 medium can of diced tomatoes

1/2 bag of mixed frozen mixed vegetables  (try to find one where the first ingredient is not corn)

1 can cannellini beans rinsed

1/4 cup rice or pasta

1 small zucchini diced

4 cups chicken stock

2 tablespoons EVOO

1 bay leaf

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

In a large stock pan heat EVOO add onion, salt lightly and sauté about 3 minutes, add garlic cook a minute more. Add tomatoes bring to a simmer. Add stock and bring to a boil then add frozen vegetables return to a soft boil add rice cook about 10 minutes. Add beans, zucchini, bay leaf, Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Simmer about 15 minutes and taste for seasoning add more if needed. Turn off heat and let the soup get happy! Reheat when ready to Enjoy.

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Cherry Hill, NJ

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