Keeping with yesterday’s theme of super simple dinners, I decided to share my cheater Minestrone soup.
This recipe was first introduced to me by my mom’s best friend Nancy. She was one of very favorite people in the world…she was so kind and such a good listener. She was a free-spirit, a gourmet foodie, and loved fashion, style and literature. I’d call her bit of a hippie. She was very intelligent and had lots to say on any subject, but yet, always made you feel validated and important. You know when you meet those people who just make you feel better every time you talk to them? She was one of those people.
Nancy had diabetes and was often watching her weight and trying to pick healthy dinners. She taught school with my mom, and they bonded as single mothers. She knew the importance of getting a healthy yummy dinner on the table fast. Yet, she also knew that sometimes you don’t have energy to spend hours in a kitchen. You want something quick, flavorful and easy.
She passed away a few years ago due to complications from her diabetes, but every time I enjoy this soup I think of her. She was quite an inspiration and I know she would really appreciate my blog and be proud of the healthy habits we’ve adopted.
Nancy’s Easy Cheater Minestrone Soup
-One jar of Ragu Garden Combination Vegetable Minestrone sauce (24 oz)
-One can of chickpeas, rinsed
-One can of mushrooms
-One bag of frozen “vegetables for soup”
-One bag of frozen broccoli & cauliflower
-3 cups of macaroni
-½ package of Gardein Meatless Crumbles (optional)
Add all the canned goods and frozen vegetables to a soup pot, including the jar of sauce. Fill the empty jar with water and add to the pot. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Cook 8 minutes until vegetables are soft. Add pasta and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Stir in crumbles until heated through (about 2 more minutes). Top with salt, pepper and nutritional yeast or Parmesan as preferred.
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