The Christmas tree and all of the ornaments are back in their boxes, and safely tucked back in their home under the stairs in the basement. The sad tradition in the Johnson home is to bring up ALL of the Christmas decorations, but then leave all of boxes upstairs…..even the ones that never got used. We end up tripping over boxes for a month before they are finally refilled and sent back where they belong. We did sort thru some of the boxes and removed the ornaments that we will NEVER use again…..like the peach ones! My first “designer” tree 20 years ago was peach and mint green. The mint green ornaments were tossed a few years ago, they were looking pretty ragged.
Ahhhh, sigh of relief…life is back to normal. Even Arlo is relieved, he can play on the carpet again! This white carpet (not my choice) is the only carpet left on the main floor. All of the floors are either wood or tile, so the dogs love laying in front of the window on the soft carpet.
It is still bitterly cold, so we are having Minestrone Soup again. It is also a really good way to eat more veggies! I tried this soup a couple of weeks ago, but it felt like something was missing. A different flavor was needed, so this time around I added pancetta (Italian bacon) and fire roasted tomatoes. Everything is better with bacon right? I love the shape of the Cellentani noodles, but you can use any noodle that you like. Aren’t they cool?
|Serves||6 - 8|
|Prep time||15 minutes|
|Cook time||35 minutes|
|Total time||50 minutes|
|Meal type||Main Course, Soup|
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup onions (diced)
- 3 Ounces pancetta (diced)
- 2 Tablespoons garlic (minced)
- 1 Small yellow squash (sliced and halved (moon shape))
- 1 Medium zucchini (sliced and halved)
- 2 Medium organic carrots (sliced and halved)
- 2 Stalks organic celery (sliced and halved)
- 6 Cups organic chicken broth
- 1 1/2 Cups fire roasted crushed tomatoes
- 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 14.5 ounce can cannelini beans
- 1 cup napa cabbage (chopped)
- 1 cup cellentani noodles (or any elbow shaped noodle)
- 1 bay leaf (split in half)
- 1 Tablespoon dried basil (crushed in your hand)
If you use smaller noodles, your cooking time will be less. You do not want them to be cooked soft, they need to be slightly under cooked or "al dente"
I like to serve this soup with crustini or garlic bread.