Easy and Comforting Minestrone Soup

Stuck inside with nothing to do? We’ve got the perfect solution to turn those mundane moments into cozy memories. Picture yourself wrapped up in a blanket, catching up on your favorite show, and savoring spoonfuls of the most delightful Big Horn Minestrone Soup. It’s easy, comforting, and loaded with wholesome goodness.

Oh, and did we mention how much you’ll love the leftovers? 😉

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Big Horn UP, Basil, Garlic, or Spicy Calabrian Pesto Olive Oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 carrots, peeled and sliced into 2″ pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 8 cups chicken or veggie broth
  • 1/2 lb fresh green beans, sliced into 2″ pieces
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 cup dry farro, barley, or orecchiette pasta
  • 1/2 tsp each dried thyme and oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp crushed black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Sauté the Aromatics: Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Add garlic and onions, sautéing for 4-5 minutes until the onions are tender and translucent.
  2. Add the Crunchy Veggies: Toss in celery and carrots, sautéing for an additional 2-3 minutes until the celery begins to soften.
  3. Introduce the Greens: Incorporate green beans, tomatoes, broth, and the remaining seasonings. Bring the pot to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  4. Bring in the Grains: Add farro and continue simmering until it’s fluffy and tender, typically around 20 minutes.
  5. Gentle Finishing Touch: Reduce the heat and stir in spinach and beans until the tender greens wilt.
  6. The Final Act: Remove the bay leaf, ladle your aromatic creation into bowls, and garnish with shredded parmesan or asiago cheese if desired.

There you have it – a bowl full of warmth and flavors that will make any day indoors feel like a special occasion. Big Horn Minestrone Soup, with its simple recipe and rich ingredients, is the perfect companion for your cozy indoor moments. So, grab your favorite show, a blanket, and let the comfort begin!