Earlier in February, B and I went to visit his mother near Ottawa, ON. February was a brutal month for snow and cold, as I’m sure many of you remember.
But one thing can make all that melt away….a piping hot bowl of home-made soup!
She had made a large pot of this soup and it was so delicious that I kept going back for more.
Not to mention…garnished with Parmesan cheese? Yep, I’m there! (This may be something to leave out if you’re going for vegetarian friendly)
I have since made it as well and it keeps getting better! It’s also a nice recipe for experimenting as it leaves room for additions.
So, here we go:
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2-3 carrots, diced
2-3 parsnips, diced
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 heaping tsp of diced garlic (I love garlic! You may wish to adjust this)
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
pepper, I used quite a bit as I wanted a peppery taste
dried chili flakes, added just a few for a bit of bite
1 can diced tomatoes
6-8 cups broth (I used chicken but vegetable would work here too…I also upped the broth closer to 8 cups as I added more pasta and beans than originally called for)
2 cups shredded cabbage
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can mixed beans, drained and rinsed (again, these two cans of beans can be whatever type of legume you wish to add)
1/2 cup pasta, I used what we decided to call “forearm” pasta….as in, not the elbow shape but the tiny tubes without the bend
grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and parsnips. Cook until soft (5 mins).
Stir in garlic, basil, thyme, pepper and a few chill flakes if you wish.
Add tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 mins.
Add cabbage, beans and pasta. Bring just to a boil again and let simmer for 5-10 until pasta is tender.
Stir in pepper and salt to taste.
Serve topped with grated parmesan cheese!