Foodieness!!!! / No Spend January

‘Bertucci’s’ Tuscan Minestrone Soup

A few weeks ago while my parents were visiting for the holidays we decided to stop at Bertucci’s for lunch; soup and salad for each of us and grilled chicken with a side of pasta for my son Landon.

When our food arrived Landon curiously peered over the side of my bowl of minestrone soup and pulled out a bean to try. EURKIA!

You would have thought this child just discovered gold the way his face lit up, and his little hand instantly darted back into the bowl to steal more. Very reminiscent of Garfield shoveling food into his mouth 🙂

garfeld

As I ate my lunch Landon continued to steal beans and lap up the wonderful soup broth with small pieces of pasta. Landon ate so much of ‘my’ soup we ordered him his very bowl, while Daddy finished the grilled chicken pasta kids meal.

This month while I participate in the “No Spend January Challenge” one of the things Ruth from Living Well Spending Less suggests we do is to “eat out at home”…attempting to make one of your favorite restaurant meals at home. I used this opportunity to duplicate Bertucci’s Tuscan minestrone soup for my son. I think it came out pretty perfect (with a few extra veggies included).

soup

*Not only is this recipe super easy to make one of the best things about it is everything can found in your cupboard already*

Ingredients:
1 yellow onion
2 lbs of carrots
3 stalks of celery
4 cloves of garlic
1 package of frozen spinach
1 can diced tomatoes
20oz chicken broth (could use veggie broth or water)
1 cup of small pasta (like orzo)
1 tablespoon of fresh sage (can substitute dried)
Salt, pepper and parsley to taste

Directions:
1.) Chop onion, carrots, celery and garlic
2.) In a large soup pot sauté chopped veggies in 1 tablespoon of olive oil
3.) Add broth, beans, sage, salt and pepper and bring to a boil
4.) Add pasta and simmer for 20mins
5.) Add frozen spinach and the can of diced tomato
6.) Heat through and enjoy!

mmm so good!

mmm so good!

I placed a small sample of the soup into a Pyrex measuring cup to cool for my son to try and as you can see he couldn’t wait and took matters into his own hands.

Soup Success! 7 days down, 24 to go!

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4 thoughts on “‘Bertucci’s’ Tuscan Minestrone Soup

    • Good question I didn’t specify the type! One 16 oz can of white cannellini beans. I was or finally going to purée half of them to make the soup thicker but then decided it was thick enough. Easy, low fat, vegetarian meal

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