March is so capricious. It’s that weird time of year when you never know what weather you’ll wake up to: rain? snow? sleet? 65-degree sunshine? minus 10 with wind chill? Should I wear rain boots, moon boots or flip-flops?
Along with the shift in weather comes seasonal allergies, colds, sinus pressure and the flu. There’s no better treat than a delicious soup to cure what ails you, and this recipe can be refrigerated or frozen for a rainy (or snowy) day.
Skoog’s Minestrone Soup
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 celery rib, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 potato, cubed
dash black pepper
dash red pepper flakes
1/2 Tbsp italian seasoning
1 can (15 oz) low-sodium cannellini beans, drained
1 can (15 oz) low-sodium diced tomatoes
32 oz low-sodium organic vegetable broth
1/2 cup frozen peas
In a large pot (4-qt), saute onion & bell pepper in olive oil 4 minutes over medium-high heat. Add garlic, celery & carrots and cook for 3 minutes. Add potato, salt, peppers, & seasoning, cook for 2 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, broth and 2 cups water. Boil, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add peas; simmer for 20 minutes. Garnish with grated parmesan cheese & serve!
serves 4 hungry hippos or 6 little people.