Sorry, no pic for this one. I've made this several times since the cold weather set in, but neglected to take pics. For the same reason I all but abandoned this blog....too darn busy!
So you want a big pot of yummy soup but don't want to spend an hour making it? Here's a fast and easy way to make minestrone. This is a hearty soup that really doesn't need anything else. It's a meal in itself.
2-3 cups of vegetable stock OR 2-3 cups of water and enough bullion cubes to season it
2-3 cups of tomato juice
1 can of beans, drained and rinsed
1 bag of mixed veggies
1 cup of dried pasta
1 onion (optional)
If you want onion in yours, start by heating some oil in your pot, then chopping the onion and sauteing it for 7 minutes or so. Then add your broth or water and bullion cubes, and tomato juice and heat to boiling. Use more stock and juice for a more "soupy" soup and less for more of a "stew". Add your pasta and cook until almost done. Then add your bag of veggies and the can of beans. Pepper to taste. Cook until pasta is done and veggies and beans are heated through.
Easy peasy! It won't win awards, but it sure does hit the spot!