Minestrone All Ways – Reflections and Resolutions – #SundaySupper

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Here it is, the end of the year.  It’s been a good one in our household, the kids are growing. . . and growing . . . and growing.  They just don’t stop.  I wonder when they’ll stop?  But I digress.  We had a great Christmas.  We had fun together as a family, went to see Nutcracker on the Rocks together, went to a local amusement park that was transformed into a “Magical Christmas,” for the holidays, went to the local “Rive of Lights” at the local biopark, had a family party for the kids, one for the adults, baked and decorated a Gingerbread Village, made a Trio of Popcorn for our cousins, along with Christmas Snickerdoodles, Aunt Teen’s Creamy Chocolate Fudge, and The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies.  And that was just December.

This year is the year I started this blog in earnest.  I had blogged before, but I really started doing it on a regular basis.  One of the things I really look forward to is blogging for #SundaySupper.  I love the cause, getting families together around the dinner table each Sunday.  And I appreciate the inspiration, with a different topic each week that we all blog about I suddenly have something specific to blog about once a week.  I love the twitter chats, at 7 pm EST every week, they’re a lot of fun, inspiring, and sometimes a real kick.  And I’m also grateful for the great tips, tricks and recipes I’ve found from other bloggers, and now friends, who participate in #SundaySupper too.

So it’s been an awesome year.  As I was reflecting on my blogging experience so far, I was thinking about all of the recipes I’ve blogged about.  I decided that for the Reflections and Resolutions theme I wanted to share my favorite, and, although I love most of the recipes I’ve blogged about, choosing my favorite wasn’t hard.  Very Best Minestrone, no contest.  Then I asked Hubby to choose his.  Very best Minestrone, no contest.  I knew what I would be sharing with you today.

But I wanted to change it up a bit.  One of the things I love so much about Minestrone is that it is versatile.  You can make it just about any way you like it, so I created this version of the recipe, Minestrone All Ways.  It includes a variety of possible ingredients for you to choose from, with basic instructions for using the ingredients to make a delicious meal.

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Minestrone is very versatile. This recipe gives you a LOT of choices. You could make this dozens of times and never have the same thing twice. That way you have Minestrone All Ways!
Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: an army
  • *mirepoix – carrots, celery and onions (about 3 carrots, 5 stalks celery and 1 large onion, cooked in olive oil or butter until tender and translucent).
  • *broth or stock – your choice (total 1-1 ½ quarts& extra as needed):
  • • chicken stock or bouillon to make chicken stock & water
  • • seafood stock or bouillon to make seafood stock & water
  • • vegetable stock or bouillon to make vegetarian stock & water
  • • no-chicken stock (vegetarian chicken stock) or bouillon to make no-chicken stock & water
  • • beef stock or bouillon to make beef stock & water
  • • combination of above choices
  • *Fresh Veggies – your choice (total 6-8 cups + head of cabbage, chopped, sliced or prepped as needed):
  • • zucchini (sliced or diced)
  • • yellow squash (sliced or diced)
  • • green or string beans (ends removed and cut)
  • • mushrooms (your choice of variety)
  • • *cabbage (your choice – napa, savoy, or green – 1 head, chopped or shredded – your choice)
  • • leeks (sliced)
  • • broccoli (chopped into small florets)
  • • cauliflower (chopped into small florets)
  • • brussels bprouts (quartered and roasted, if desired)
  • • bell pepper (color of your choice, chopped)
  • • green peas
  • • snow peas or snap peas
  • • corn (removed from the cob)
  • • artichoke hearts (chopped)
  • • jalapeño, green chile or other peppers (seeded and chopped)
  • • (You may also use CANNED or frozen veggies of any of the above if you choose)
  • *Beans – your choice (canned 4-5 cans or dry, well rinsed or prepared, total of about 60 oz.)
  • • great white northern
  • • garbanzo (or chick peas)
  • • light red kidney
  • • dark red kidney
  • • cannilini
  • *Herbs and Spices - your choice (dry or fresh or a combination of both, to taste)
  • • *bay leaf (2-3 leaves)
  • • *garlic (2-3 cloves)
  • • oregano
  • • basil
  • • rosemary
  • • paprika
  • • cayenne
  • • thyme
  • • parsley
  • • sage
  • • italian seasoning
  • • fresh ground black pepper
  • • red pepper flakes
  • • onion powder
  • • garlic powder
  • Cheese – your choice:
  • • romano & rind if available (grated, lots and lots, at least ¼ cup)
  • • parmesan & rind if available (grated, lots and lots, at least ¼ cup)
  • • parmigiano-reggiano (grated, lots and lots, at least ¼ cup)
  • • vegan cheese option (grated, lots and lots, at least ¼ cup) (I’m not familiar with this, but I’m sure there are plenty)
  • • NONE AT ALL (your crazy!)
  • Meat – your choice:
  • • bacon, browned (6 oz., I like to do it in the oven)
  • • johnsonville sweet, mild or hot italian sausage, rolled into meatballs and browned on the stovetop (½ lb.)
  • • prosciutto ham, sliced or chopped (1-2 oz,)
  • • ground beef (½ lb., rolled into meatballs and browned)
  • • cubed stew meat (½ lb., browned)
  • • cooked chicken breast meat, cubed (½ lb.)
  • *Tomatoes – your choice:
  • • CANNED, STEWED (24 OZ.)
  • Starch – your choice
  • • ORZO PASTA (¼ CUP)
  • • ROTINI PASTA (¼ cup)
  • • potatoes (peeled and cubed, 2-3)
  1. Prepare all of your ingredients, chop vegetables and herbs, brown meat, prepare mirepoix, rinse beans, grate cheese, etc.
  2. Place stock in a LARGE stock pot over medium-high heat. Add all lower case ingredients to stock and mix well to combine.
  3. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow to cook for 30 minutes.
  4. Add ALL CAPS ingredients and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Top with additional cheese for garnish and additional chopped fresh parsley for garnish, if desired. Serve with a hearty bread like DIY Artisan Bread.
NOTE: some ingredients listed are ALL IN CAPITAL LETTERS and the rest are all in lower case. This is to make it easier to determine when to add the various ingredients to the soup.

Here are a few of the different minestrone recipes I have made this year:

It started in March with A Meatball Minestrone called Hearty Minestrone (from Johnsonville)

hearty minestrone

And in September, Seafood Minestrone (for my pescetarian)

seafood minestrone


And Very Best Minestrone in November

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The hardest part of this recipe is the preparation of the vegetables, meat and cheese.  I would make minestrone almost every day (at least once a week) if it were not for this part.  There is a lot of peeling, chopping, slicing, shredding, grating, etc.  And any meat you use (except shrimp which I buy pre-cooked) has to be cooked (usually browned on the stovetop).  And the mirepoix needs to be sauteed on the stovetop as well (you could just add these veggies – onion, celery and carrots – raw, but they are much better sauteed together this way).  Once those things are done it’s just a matter of putting it all together and allowing it all to meld in a bunch of minestrone love and deliciousness.

As we start the new year, I hope your home if filled with love and good food.  Enjoy the Reflections and Resolutions of my #SundaySupper friends today by linking up below.

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30 thoughts on “Minestrone All Ways – Reflections and Resolutions – #SundaySupper

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  3. Wow that is a lot of options for this soup, great ideas 🙂 Thank you so much for linking this recipe up at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I’d love to see you back. Have a great week. 🙂

  4. My number one recipe on my blog for this year was my minestrone soup. It really is a loved soup and your version looks incredible.

  5. My mom used to make kick-butt minestrone growing up. I think I need to take the torch!

  6. Your soup minestrone look amazing!! Happy New Years to you!!

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  8. I agree with everything you said about Sunday Supper. It’s one of the best things that I started in 2013! Happy New Year to you!

  9. Love a good minestrone! It’s been way to long since I’ve had some! The flexibility of your recipe is great. Happy New Year!

  10. I agree with you. I joined #SundaySupper this year and it is such a great community and cause. I love everyones contributions and really appreciate the support.

  11. This sounds like one amazing Minestrone. Perfect!

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  13. Minestrone is one of the best soups around, and I love soups. Especially this time of year. Looking forward to trying yours!! Have a wonderful New Year in 2014.

  14. This recipe must be a winner since both you and your hubby chose it as the best! I can’t wait to try it and put our own spin on it with your recommendations!

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  17. Very versatile, just like you, Cheryl! Happy New Year!

  18. What is not to love about Minestrone?! I love all the variations and ideas you have given us. Yumm-o!

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  20. I am so glad you joined the #SundaySupper family in 2013. Love your posts and your recipes. I hope we have the opportunity to meet IRL in 2014.

  21. I think I only have one kid that is still growing and much to my older son’s dismay, my younger son is now the tallest in the house…by just a hair. But I think he may still have some growing ahead of him. He just turned 16, and we have TALL men on both sides of the family, LOL. Happy New Year!

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  25. I’ve been waiting for the perfect minestone recipe…and this it it!!! Can’t wait to give it a try. Happy New Year!!!

  26. Wow what a soup! I was craving minestrone the other day too. Best wishes to you and your family for 2014 and it’s been great having you a part of the Sunday Supper family too.

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