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Do you feel like a bowl of homemade soup might just make your day?  Are your soup recipes migrating their way to the front of your recipe collection?  Last week, we had the most beautiful weather here.  70 degrees, sunny and just a few fluffy clouds set against a pretty blue sky.  Perfect for being outdoors.  Then yesterday, it was coats, scarves and hot chocolate.  Looks like a little bit of fall crept in down here, just in time to pull some delicious soup recipes from the back of my recipe box.

I love a good vegetable soup and after last week’s parade of calories {also known as Thanksgiving}, I thought it might be wise to lighten up with a simple, but delicious veggie-packed minestrone.  I added in tortellini, but swap that out for your favorite dried pasta.  Or, leave it out altogether.

Have you ever hosted a soup dinner party in the fall?   Seems like the perfect cozy evening with good friends.  I would love to serve this soup to each dinner guest in their own lidded milk glass dish (if I only had more).  I’m sure this was a candy dish but it made a perfect bowl to enjoy my soup at dinnertime.  I paired it with a vintage, monogrammed silver spoon, vintage silver plate tray and monogrammed napkin.


Minestrone Soup with Tortellini


1 small yellow onion, chopped

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves, garlic minced

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 14-ounce cans reduced-sodium, chicken broth

1 1/2 cups water

1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed well and drained

1 medium zucchini, chopped

1 cup carrots, sliced

3/4 cup dried tortellini

6 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

1 14 1/2-ounce can no-salt added diced tomatoes


In a 5-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onion and saute until translucent.  Add minced garlic and saute just until softened, but no color.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add broth, water, beans, zucchini, and carrots.  Bring to a boil and add tortellini.  Reduce heat and simmer covered 7 minutes or until pasta is tender.   Stir in spinach and tomatoes and simmer another 7 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

Yield: 6 servings

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