Smokey Minestrone

Smokey Minestrone

This amped-up spin on classic minestrone soup uses chipotle puree for smokey flavor and a suite of yummy veggies to take soup from so-so to so-good! This recipe comes to us from our friends at Pasta Fits.

Cooking Tip of the Week: Chipotle puree or sauce is commonly available in the Mexican foods section, but if you can’t find it, consider substituting 1 tbsp. of chipotle powder from the spice section. Taste as you go, though, because it’s hot!

Food for Thought: In the U.S., we often call this pasta shape bow-tie pasta because, well, it looks just like a bow tie! But the Italian word for this shape is farfalle, which comes from the Italian word for butterfly! Do you think this pasta shape looks more like a bow-tie or a butterfly? Or maybe both! Farfalle pasta is traditionally served with tomato or cream sauces, but also tastes great in soups like this one.

Family Dinner Conversation Starter: What is your favorite thing to do in the wintertime?

Instructions:

Adult: Heat a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the oil and sauté the leek, carrot and celery until softened (about 3 minutes).
Together: Add the tomatoes, stock, chipotle and pasta. Break up the tomatoes.
Together: Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer until the pasta is done (about 10 minutes).
Together: Stir in the greens of choice, zucchini, cannellini beans and pesto. Cook until the greens are wilted and the zucchini is softened (about 5 minutes).
Together: Taste once more and adjust seasoning to taste. Divide between 6 bowls.

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