Saturday, September 11, 2010

Quick Minestrone

Check out the past Cooking for One posts if you missed any of them. Marie Claire continues with more great ideas for cooking for one with a recipe for Minestrone Soup. This is one of my favorite soups and I'm really excited about this recipe.

Quick Minestrone
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups jarred tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups frozen spinach
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup pasta (such as macaroni elbows, mini penne, orzo, or broken spaghetti)
1 can cannellini beans (or chickpeas), with their juices
Parmesan cheese

In a large pot over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onion, basil, and oregano and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add chicken broth, tomato sauce, salt, and pepper and bring to a low simmer. Add frozen spinach, vegetables, and pasta, simmer for about 10 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir in beans and lower heat. Cook an additional 10 minutes. Serve garnished with parmesan cheese.