I haven’t had much time to spend in the garden recently, and the copious amounts of rain hasn’t helped either. I did manage to spend 20 minutes cleaning a bed last week, and my husband harvested the cayenne peppers over the weekend for me.
Yesterday, since I was making Minestrone soup for dinner, I decided to check the garden for carrots. To my surprise I found the bean plants still alive and kicking, and producing fresh beans. I picked about one pound and used them in the Minestrone along with the few carrots I found. The tomatoes in the soup I froze this summer, and the potatoes were dug up in August.
Based on a recipe in Twelve Months of Monastery Soups
2/3 cup olive oil
large onion, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, sliced
one pound of green beans, prepped and cut in inch-size pieces
1 15 ounce can of cannellini beans, drained
1 15 ounce can peeled tomatoes
10 cups water
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
Saute onion, carrots, and celery in olive oil for about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and beans and continue sauteing for 20 minutes.
Add water and bring the mixture to a boil. Add in the rest of the ingredients, and cover the pot. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 60 minutes. Turn off the heat, and let the soup stand on a cool burner for 15 minutes. Remove the bay leaf before serving.
I used a very full gallon freezer bag of plum tomatoes. Before putting them in the pot, I defrosted the bag, and drained the liquid. Instead of using water, I used vegetable broth which I made last week. I skipped the 15 ounce can of cannellini beans since I had none, and I also skipped the white wine since we don’t use alcohol. My last change was to omit the radicchio and substitute dried kale.
Share your vegetable garden progress in the comments!
See more at: http://marketingwithsara.com/amazon/warning-to-all-affiliate-marketers#sthash.7pLtrFUN.dpuf
I share because I care, so feel free to use any of my images as long as they are credited and accompanied by a link back to A Life in Balance. Failure to link back and credit my site as a source constitutes a copyright violation. Thanks!