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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!!!
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