I play right into the stereotype.
All this burger-pizza-taco talk gives a boy a reputation. There are worse reps, yes. Like, kale-edamame-tofu. Blech. But even we hardcore enchilada chompers veer off script.
It’s like Metallica doing a cover of The Carpenters – strange, but you can’t look away.
Recently, I wiped the graham cracker crumbs off my shirt and made minestrone. That’s a soup, for all you less-refined. I guess you can call it minestrone soup.
But that’s kind of like going to the ATM machine – or making fun of lame dodgers fans. #DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment
The book Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 inspired this recipe, but I didn’t copy it. Even if I did, the book is SECRET recipes. I’m pretty sure they pissed off Olive Garden first.
Coach Daddy’s Leftist Meat-Free Minestrone
For Meatless Monday (or, Meatless Minute, in our house), this is a fine choice. This recipe yields about eight 1 ½-cup servings for liberals to share amongst themselves. Or about 5 servings for hungry Republicans.
What you’ll need:
|3 tablespoons olive oil||1 145-oz can diced tomatoes 🍅|
|1 cup minced onion||1/2 cup shredded carrot 🥕|
|1/2 cup chopped zucchini||2 teaspoons Italian seasoning|
|1/2 cup frozen green beans||1 1/2 teaspoons salt 🧂|
|1/4 cup minced celery||1/2 teaspoon black pepper|
|4 teaspoons minced garlic||3 cups hot water|
|4 cups vegetable broth||4 cups baby spinach (fresh or thawed)|
|2 15-oz cans of red kidney beans, drained||1/2 cup seashell pasta|
|2 15-oz cans Great Northern beans|
What you’ll do:
In a large saucepan, saute celery, garlic, green beans, onion, zucchini in olive oil for 5 minutes. *Don’t go full time if onions are starting to be see-through Add broth, carrot, drained beans, tomatoes, spices, and hot water.
Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer for 20 minutes. Add pasta and spinach. Cook for 20 more minutes or until soup is as thick as you want
The family killed this one quick. I didn’t include bay leaves. 🍃 I’m sure they add flavor but it feels like hedge clippings in my soup bowl.
It was a hit. 1 1/2 F words out of 5 on the Dammit this is Hard Scale. A little bit of pesto, Italian bread and wine and you’re in business. You can make tacos tomorrow.