All the sudden it got very, very cold. We went from having a 60 degree winter break to an 11 degree day…I have no idea what mother nature is thinking right now. I’ve been trying to enjoy the cold, but its just so hard. I’m a warm weather girl, and I simply don’t like being cold.
Anyway, winter is always a great time for soups! Today, my mom and I made a vegetable bean soup with mexican chorizo, and it was very yummy and tasty…perfect for a cold winters day. Soup is surprisingly really simple to make, and if you stick with low sodium broth, it can be very healthy (as long as you put healthy things in, that is!). Recently I’ve been on a soup and salad kick, which is always a good combo.
This soup was intended to be a minestrone, but when my mom saw the chorizo in the store, we decided to change it up a bit. So its basically minestrone with chorizo, or just a vegetable, bean, sausage soup.
What you need:
2 stalks Celery
Thyme, salt, pepper, and 3 cloves of garlic pressed, and a bay leaf
2 links of Chorizo, chopped
46 fl ounces Lower sodium chicken broth
12 ounce Can of diced tomatoes
1 green and 1 yellow zucchini
1 can of white beans
Favorite kind of pasta
Rinse and drain one can of white beans
Chop up vegetables
Chop up the chorizo
Add the onion, celery, carrots, turnip, and chorizo to a large pot. Sauté for about a minute and then add salt, thyme, pepper, the 3 cloves of garlic, and bay leaf till tender, or for about 8 minutes.
Add the chicken broth and the can of diced tomatoes; let heat up
Then both the zucchinis and cook for 10-15 minutes
Add more salt and pepper, to taste, and the small can of white beans, rinsed and drained, to the pot.
Let this mixture cook for a 5-10 minutes.
Turn off the heat.
Now, in a separate pot, cook the pasta of choice al dente. Once cooked, add carefully to the soup.
Enjoy (with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top if desired)!
This recipe was a bit more adventurous for me, as I don’t normally make soup, but my mother was teaching me this time, so she did most of the work 😉
I hope you all are enjoying your winter so far!