Garden Patch Minestrone
2 Tblsp olive oil
2 medium carrots, thinly sliced (1 cup)
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced (1 cup)
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped OR 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1-2 medium zucchini and/or yellow summer squash, cut in half lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1/4 inch pieces
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves OR 1 Tblsp dried
1 5.6 oz box Hamburger Helper beef pasta
1 15 oz can cannellini OR dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, undrained
5 cups water
Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
Saute oil, carrots, celery, onion and garlic over a full compliment of coals until vegetables are almost tender, about 10 minutes.
Move bottom coals to a ring around base of dutch oven.
Stir in zucchini, basil, uncooked pasta and sauce mix (from Hamburger Helper box), beans, tomatoes and water.
Cover lid with as many coals as needed to bring soup to strong bubble.
Simmer for 35-40 minutes or until vegetables are cooked the way you like them.
Serve with grated Parmesan cheese; makes 6 servings.
|Saute carrots, celery, onions and garlic over a full|
compliment of coals