It’s officially Fall here in Georgia. The temperatures have dipped down and later this week we’re expected to have highs in the 70’s. As a person who believes anything under 80 is considered chilly, this is not good news for me! My family, who actually enjoys cooler weather, are basking in the cooler temperatures. I, on the other hand, have migrated to the kitchen to prepare soup to warm me up. I wanted a soup that could use leftover chicken or pork and found a simple Minestrone Soup recipe. I proceeded to change every ingredient in the soup but two and created the Easiest Minestrone Soup Recipe.
Easy Minestrone Soup Recipe
One of the things I love about mixing up my own recipes is I can add ingredients I know my family will like. Plus, it’s a great way to use up leftovers. Because I had leftover pork and leftover vegetables in the fridge, I tossed them into the pot. But, there are plenty of other options! If you are in a hurry and don’t have leftovers, substitute cubed chicken from a rotisserie chicken. Canned or frozen vegetables would also work instead of leftover veggies. Beef could also be used if you prefer. If you need a Gluten Free Minestrone Soup Recipe, just switch out the regular pasta for gluten-free pasta. This recipe is naturally dairy free. If you would like a vegan version, omit the meat or replace with a meat substitute.
- 2 cups cooked chicken OR pork OR beef, cubed
- 1 (28 ounces) can diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- 2 cups (16 ounces) vegetables of your choice, cooked (Good ones to use- mixed vegetables, diced potatoes, or onions and bell peppers. Or use a mixture of these.)
- 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans
- 1 cup (8 ounces) pasta (Use shells, bowties, or any other small pasta) -- For gluten-free version, use gluten-free pasta
- Optional: Shredded cheese
- Place meat of your choice, diced tomatoes, vegetables of choice, kidney beans, and Italian Seasoning in a large saucepan or stockpot. Stir until blended. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for ten minutes.
- Add the pasta noodles and stir until noodles are blended into the mixture. Place a lid on the saucepan or stockpot and simmer 15 minutes or until noodles are tender.
- Top with shredded cheese if desired.
Do you have a favorite Fall soup you prepare when the weather turns chilly? What are your favorite Fall dishes?