While I made the soup and listened to music, I thought about the people I care about and love, how fantastic it is that I can turn on the tap and fresh water comes out, and the miracle of gas stoves. Seriously, I love my stove. When I was finished, I thoroughly enjoyed, not just ate, a bowl of this tomatoey goodness. And it was a good day. So make some soup, listen to some good music that moves you, and think about all the good things in life.
Life - it is a beautiful thing. I hope you enjoy your soup...and maybe go for a bike ride and let the wind blow in your hair. :)
- 6 cups water
- 2 14-ounce cans of diced tomatoes (fire roasted if available)
- 1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 3/4 cup chopped carrot (~1 very large)
- 3/4 cup chopped celery(~2-3 stalks)
- 1 tbsp beef bouillon (1 large cube)
- 1 tbsp dried Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans) or great northern beans
- 1 1/2 cups frozen lima beans
- 1 small zuchinni (courgette in the UK!), halved lengthwise then sliced
- 4 ounces dried pasta (I used shells)
- Grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- In a large stock pot heat 2 tbsp olive oil. Saute onion and celery just until barely tender (~2-3 minutes).
- Add to the stock pot the water, undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, carrot, beef bouillon, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic. Bring to a boil; cover, then reduce heat to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Add cannellini, lima beans, zuchinni, and dry pasta. Bring to a boil again and simmer for an additiional 15 minutes.
- If desired, serve with grated parmesan cheese.
Nom nom nom!! :D
Nutrition Info (based on recipe divided into 8 servings)
176 calories; 37g carbs; 7g fiber; 10g protein.