Sunday, October 21, 2012

Find Time to Paint and Save Money for Tuscany Watercolor Workshop By Cooking This Soup

Cook up this soup as soon as you can. The soup will free you from cooking for several days and longer if you freeze it. If you don't have to spend your time shopping, preparing, cooking and doing dishes you'll have much more time to paint. The ingredients aren't expensive, so you'll also save some money for traveling.
Here are the ingredients:
8 cups of water
Chicken broth-Better Than Bouillon paste is my favorite but you can use any kind and you can use vegie broth also.
28 ounce can or box of chopped tomatoes
1 can of cannelli beans 14 oz.
1 onion chopped
3 or more cloves of garlic
3 tbsp. Olive oil
Approx. 4 cups of chopped peeled vegetables-I used 2 carrots, 1 turnip, 4 red potatoes, 3 zuchinnis, green beans (can use canned), mushrooms, spinach,
Herbs and ground pepper
1/2 cup small pasta
Just find a big pot and fill it with 8 cups of water, and turn it to medium heat. When the water is warm stir in the broth. Dump the cannelli beans into the broth.
In a large saute pan, saute the garlic and onion in olive oil till almost a golden color, then add all the other vegetables except the spinach, mushrooms and potatoes. Sprinkle with pepper. When everything is in the pan put the cover on and lower the heat until the vegies begin to "sweat". Drop the potatoes into the soup pot and continue to cook over medium heat.
Toss the herbs into the soup pot. After taking a cooking lesson from Alessandro, the Tuscan chef who cooks for us in Tuscany, I now grow basil, sage, rosemary and oregano in pots in our garden. Watch out and don't add very much oregano, it's a strong herb.
When the vegetables have sweated add them to the broth pot. Bring everything to a boil then turn down the heat & let the soup simmer for at least 15 minutes or more. Then throw in the pasta and the mushrooms and cook for 12-15 more minutes, then throw in the spinach and cook for 5 more minutes.
Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, salt and eat. My husband adds hot sauce. It's best to eat with some good bread if you're eating carbs.
After you finish, go paint. Let me know how many days of non-cooking you get from this soup.

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