I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Meatball Minestrone

We had the first snowfall of the season yesterday and, as usual, it seemed like everyone forgot how to drive in a little snow.  A trip in the car that should have taken 30 minutes turned into nearly 2 hours! Glad we had this waiting for us when we got home.

Olive oil
1 cup ditali pasta, or any small pasta
2 cups onion, diced
1/2 cup yellow pepper, diced
2 carrots, sliced or diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup fresh or frozen green beans
Parmesan rind, if you can find some
1  1/2 - 2 cups frozen cooked mini meatballs
398 ml ( 1  1/2 cups) kidney beans
2-3 drops hot sauce
900 ml (4 cups) beef broth
28 oz canned diced tomatoes
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp fennel seed

Cook the pasta as directed on the package, drain, toss with some olive oil and set aside.

Heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil in the bottom of a soup pot. Add garlic and onion and cook until lightly browned. Add broth and parmesan rind. Stir in the canned tomatoes and bring to a boil. Add the vegetables, kidney beans, hot sauce and seasonings, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add meatballs and cook an additional 10 minutes. Yes, I used frozen cooked mini meatballs. Sometimes you just have to give yourself a break!

Check to see that the vegetables are cooked and the meatballs are heated through. Toss in the pasta and stir until heated, a couple of minutes. Remove the parmesan rind and serve the soup with shredded parmesan at the table. 
P.S. It's 1 month 'til Christmas!

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