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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Homemade Italian Vegetable Soup!

Dear Ones,
If you're thinking you've seen this recipe from On Crooked Creek're correct! However; since I first printed this on July 31st...the temperatures have calmed down to a more seasonable, what better time to make some Homemade Italian Vegetable Soup???

What's On The Menu Monday On Crooked Creek???

Homemade Italian Vegetable Soup!!!

I often order the minestrone soup @ Olive Garden, which happens to be my favorite restaurant! Here in our home town our very own Olive Garden is nearing completion, but, for now, I'll use my compatible Homemade Italian Vegetable Soup!

I always start with the freshest vegetables I can find at our local grocery. Cabbage, carrots, celery, onion and zucchini.

Add one can of cannellini beans and one can diced tomatoes.

Chop and saute the celery and onion.
Chop all the remaining vegetables and add to the pot with freshly ground black pepper, basil and parsley . Add sea salt to taste.

Add the canned diced tomatoes, 4 cups of water and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Let the vegetables boil for about 7 ~ 10 minutes.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer on low for 20 ~ 30 minutes.

Add the drained cannellini beans and heat thoroughly.

 Generously ladle into soup bowls and serve as an appetizer, first course, or as is often the case here On Crooked Creek.  .  . the main meal!

I hear the opening date for our very own Olive Garden is now January 2012! So~o~o,  it will miss my December birthday! Until then, On Crooked Creek will have to suffice with our version of Homemade Italian Vegetable Soup!

Until next time. . .

On Crooked Creek is joining our gracious hostess, Yvonne @ StoneGable for On the Menu Monday! Be sure to visit Yvonne and be inspired to whip up something nutritional for your family menu!!!


Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

I just ate dinner and I think I'm ready to eat again after seeing this! =) It sounds so good...perfect for cool days. lYour table is pretty too!


Tanya@takesix said...

What a delicious, nutritious recipe! Thank you, Pat. You are right - a perfect fall soup!

poppilinnstudios said...

Love to make soups in the Fall and Winter. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Marigene said...

We love soups...this great looking bowl of soup is one I need to try. Thanks, Pat!

Bonnie said...

Thank you so much. I definitely will make your soup. It looks so inviting.

Martha said...

A good looking soup and it's getting onto soup weather!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh this looks and sounds so delicious!! I think that it would really hit the spot on a cold afternoon!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Pat, This is a delicious looking soup! YUMMY! I agree with you, fresh ingredients are so very important!
I love to make soup just to have on hand, and this is one I'll be making this week to keep for the rest of the week's lunches.
Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY with this hearty soup!

podso said...

Yum the soup looks so good. Pat. and I love the lampshades! I'm catching up on your blog --not sure how I missed those posts as you are on my reader--or I could say "radar screen." Have a good week my friend!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Pat,
Your soup looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing and have a great week!
Miz Helen

podso said...

I am touched at your comment about your son--and I hope that our kids will soon start to appreciate the family history! Maybe we didn't back then, but I sure know a lot of it, so I think I was listening as my parents told me stories.

Of course we knew to listen with full attention, there were no distractions.

I have to say looking at your soup post again, how lovely your photos are of the prep. They would go in a cook book...actually they are better than what you would find in a cookbook!

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, your soup looks and sounds so good and how I wish I have a bowl of it now! :) Yummy.
Thank you for your sweet comments to me and I want to wish you a very blessed Thanksgiving.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Pat...

Mmmm...your homemade Italian vegatable soup looks and sounds soooo delicious! I love soup...I could have it every night of the week. I'm definitely going to give your recipe a try, dear friend! You know, it sounds like a very low-fat and low-cal soup! That makes it even better. Thanks for sharing your recipe! Oooh...and you set such a beautiful table too! I love the tall vase of sunflowers...sooo pretty!!!

I just read your sweet note and came right over. I always enjoy your visits, dear lady! Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving!

Warmest wishes,

Pear tree cottage! said...

Pat, Here I am taking a little peek at your blog and what a lovely spot it is to stay awhile and see how you enjoy your day On Crooked Creek.

Hugs from Australia.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

That looks so yummy, Pat...and a pretty setting, too! Thanks so much for your congratulations! I appreciate all the bloggy love!...hugs...Debbie