Tuesday, May 6, 2014

SRC Orphan Rescue - Beef N Bean Minestrone

Today, I have an opportunity to put up a second recipe from a different blog for SRC, though I wish it was under better circumstances. I'm picking a recipe from Wendy's blog - The Weekend Gourmet. Sadly she was left out of this months reveal, since the person who was assigned her blog, didn't get a post up. That is "So not cool!" I know how disappointing it is to be left out of the fun, since this has happened to me twice in the past. So when I heard that Group A had an orphan this month, I was more than happy to jump in and help out. It would be really great if you could stop over at Wendy's and say Hi, I know it would make her feel a lot better.

Wendy is a girl after my own heart. She enjoys a lot of the things that I do like travelling, listening to music, watching movies, reading and of course, good food. And get this - she's actually a celebrity, she's been on TV and cooked in front of a live studio audience! Wendy, I admire you, I would've been a bunch of nerves. One look at her Recipe Index, and you know why she's had such success in the food world. She has an impressive repertoire and picking just one recipe for today's post proved to be quite a task. There's so much that I wanted to try. 

Nevertheless, I chose to make her Sausage-White Bean Minestrone. The temperature in Sydney has been steadily dropping and we are well into autumn. Just yesterday, I told my husband that I wanted to add a few made from scratch soups to my regular rotation. I've had quite a few packet soups in the past and I don't think I can take anymore of those. I figured, I try so hard to make most of my food and condiments from scratch, so why not soups? When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it out. I just made a couple of changes to the recipe based on what I had on hand. Also I halved the recipe. You can visit Wendy's site for the original recipe. The one below, includes a few changes I made. This soup was fantastic. The flavors were beautiful and even my non-soup-loving husband enjoyed this. Thanks for the inspiration Wendy. I know I'll be making this soup again.




Beef N Bean Minestrone

1/2 lb Ground Beef
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1-2 cloves of garlic, grated or finely chopped
1/2 tsp dried Italian herb mix
4 cups chicken stock
1/2 can white beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 can diced tomatoes
4 oz spiral pasta or macaroni (the original called for rigatoni, but you could use whatever you have) {Adjust quantity of pasta to your liking}

Heat the olive oil in a large pot.

Add the ground beef to the pot and over high heat left it brown.

Turn the heat to medium and add the chopped onion, carrot and garlic to the pot and mix well. Let this cook off for 5 minutes till the veggies have softened a bit.

Add the herb mix and stir to distribute well.

Add the diced tomato and stir. Give it a minute to mix with the other ingredients in the pot. Add the stock. Let the soup come to a boil, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add the pasta / macaroni and beans and cover and let it cook for a further 10-15 minutes based on the cooking time of the pasta.

Serve it hot!


Note: 
1) The original recipe used celery and fresh Italian parsley, which I left out since I didn't have any.
2) Wendy also used 1/2 cup of red wine, which I left out.




16 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for adopting our orphan Trisha! The soup looks absolutely delicious. You rock :)

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    1. The pleasure was all mine April!

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  2. That's great for picking up the slack on this SRC reveal. That would be sooooo disappointing not to see your blog in the linkup

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  3. Aw, thank you for adopting Wendy's blog! What a beautiful and delicious soup!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Veronica!

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  4. What a lifesaver! But, I think you lucked out because you got to try two fantastic recipes in one month.

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    1. Oh you bet Lisa ... I loved them both! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. so nice of you to volunteer to help out! this soup sounds great.

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  6. Yum. This looks lovely! I so enjoy making soups. In winter, I often make one Sunday afternoon so I can take leftovers during the week. Thanks for filling the gap!

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  7. You win today's gold star Trisha! Thank you so much for stepping in and helping out. It looks like you had a lovely dinner too - the soup is beautiful!

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    1. Oh we sure did Jane. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Thank you so much for making my soup...andl for your sweet words! You're the best...

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    1. It was a pleasure Wendy. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe!

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