I think that I mentioned my husband having knee replacement surgery which led to no appetite. Soup was was came to mind. I have made so many pots of soup this month that it is actually hard to decide which one to post for today's challenge. It was a good month for soup!
When I think of Italian soups, the first soup I usually think of is Minestrone. I have a great recipe for it but I had seen some lentils in the pantry as well as some kale and vegetables in the refrigerator so it was settled. I pulled out the slow cooker and put it together before I left for the library as I was volunteering in the Genealogy Room that day. It was nice to know that dinner would be ready when I got home!
This is a super recipe for improvising. Whatever is in season will work. You can make it as brothy or hardy as you like depending on you selection of vegetables. You really must give it a try!
Slow Cooker Lentil, Vegetable & Pasta Soup
1 large onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 large celery rib with leaves, chopped
1 can fire roasted tomatoes (about 2 cups)
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
2 medium zucchini, sliced
8 cups vegetable stock
1 cup small pasta
Garnish: Chopped parsley, fresh grated romano
Combine all of the ingredients except the pasta and zucchini in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7 hours. Add the pasta, sliced zucchini and salt and pepper. Cook an additional 30 minutes or more until the pasta is tender. (You may wish to increase the temperature of the slow cooker for this last step.)
We loved the soup! It had great flavor. The next time I make it though, I will not use zucchini. I just didn't like the flavor, it seemed bitter. Maybe it was because it was winter zucchini as I am usually a big fan of this squash. The kale never made it to the soup...it didn't pass muster!
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