Our very first week home with Poe, Andrew and I have found ourselves exceedingly lucky – surrounded by such a beautiful community of friends and family, all of whom who have gone out of their ways to make sure our bellies have stayed full and our home filled with more love than either of us know how to say thank you for. With most of our time and energy dedicated towards reveling, doting, adjusting to our magical little life, we finally took time to get back in the kitchen, the heart of our home, throwing together a variation of one of my very favorite one-pot meals, a late summer minestrone. Loosely based off my Tomato Farro Minestrone, the coziest slurp up my sleeve, this super nourishing, everything-in-the pot stew, celebrates summertime at its very peak with little pops of belly filling noodles, cannellini beans, and leftovers for days.
Late Summer One-Pot Minestrone [makes 8 servings]
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large eggplant, cubed
1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
1 stalks celery, diced
2 large carrots, cubed
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 large zucchini, diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 large can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 ½ cups whole-wheat elbow noodles
1 can (14 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 bunch lacinato kale, roughly chopped
salt & pepper to taste
In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 4 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat until just hot. Add eggplant and sauté, stirring frequently, until just browned (about 5 minutes). Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, onion, celery, and carrots and continue to sauté for an addition 4-5 minutes, or until onion is soft. Stir in the garlic, zucchini, bell pepper, and oregano and continue to sauté for 3 minutes.
Add broth, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste and bring pot to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and allow soup to simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in elbow noodles, beans, and kale and continue to simmer for 10 minutes, or until noodles are cooked through. Remove from heat, season to taste, serve and enjoy!
Nutritional Information [per serving = 2 cups]
295 Calories, 12.5g Fat, 38g Carbohydrates, 6.6g Fiber, 7g Sugar, 9.7g Protein
All ingredients generously provided by Whole Foods Friendship Heights, in celebration of their 365 Everyday Value line – a budget accessible approach to nourishing ingredients.