Marvelous Minestrone | ChopChop
Minestrone [min-eh-STRONE-y] actually means "big soup." Loaded with good-for-you veggies and beans, just add bread and cheese and you have a whole meal.
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Strainer or colander
Large heavy bottomed soup pot
Large wooden spoon
- Put the pot on the stove and turn the heat to medium. Let the pot heat for a minute and when it is hot, with the help of your adult, carefully add the oil.
- Add the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and basil and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 10 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes, stock, and kale. Cook until it just starts to boil, and then set the heat to low. Cook for 1 hour on low, without letting the soup boil again.
- Turn the heat off and with the help of your adult, add the rice (or orzo) and beans. Turn the heat back on and cook until the rice (or orzo) is tender, about 20 minutes.
- Serve right away, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese or cover and refrigerate up to 3 days.
Did you know? The ancient Greeks and Romans believed if you left a basil leaf under a pot, it would turn into a scorpion. Many feared that even smelling the leaves would cause scorpions to grow in the brain! Um, not true, in case you're wondering.