HEARTY ITALIAN SOUP
On approximately the 452nd snowy day this winter, I didn't want to drive to the store. But I had next to nothing in the fridge.
The only 'fresh' ingredient I had was zucchini, which was bordering on not-so-fresh anymore.
I wasn't exactly thrilled with the idea of 'zucchini soup' (too light) and it is definitely not summery enough for roasted zucchini (on the side of what?), so I set out to unearth some staple ingredients in my freezer and pantry that would make me something 1. quick, 2. filling and 3. comforting.
The rest of the lineup you see here are kitchen staples. Missing: crushed tomatoes because sometimes at the start of a recipe, I just don't know exactly what I'll use. But once I got going, I leaned toward more of a ragu-style soup, I decided to make it a red-based recipe.
There are many times I line up ingredients and take a photo 'just in case' whatever I create is a good one. I'm successful maybe 1 in 5 times.
This recipe is THAT ONE, with about ten of these !!!!!!!!!!
Recommended kitchen tools:
Heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven
Take a peek at the recipe card below, then download it via the link! Feel free to pin to your pinterest board for easy retrieval.
One of the things I love about making soups from scratch is you can turn the dial on thickness, texture and consistency so easily.
The way I wrote the recipe, this soup is almost a stew. There are still chunks of zucchini and beans here and there but overall it is a very smooth, thick soup. You could even top pasta or riced cauliflower if you wanted to serve it like more of a ragu (which is exactly what I did with my leftovers, as it thickened up even more in the fridge).
Don't forget the extra cheese - parmesan or feta are awesome, along with a drizzle of balsamic - OR a slice of crusty, garlicky bread! To make mine, I took a slice and buttered it, topped with a few pinches of garlic powder, salt & parsley, then air fried it for 3 minutes at 400. It's the perfect substitute for a spoon!
Happy Tuesday everyone! Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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