This soup really is fantastic! I was craving a hearty vegtable soup, one that I could make during the day, and serve my family for dinner. This is it! The vegtables were all cooked perfectly, and you can really tweak it for your own taste. I added pasta the meatballs (premade) to my husbands dinner, but I just enjoy the soup itself. Some changes I made- I had no fresh herbs on hand, so I used all dried, an "italin" blend, and some additional parsely and bay leaf. I also added a few grinds of lemon pepper. I used carrots, celery (stalks and leaves) canned kidney beans, white beans, and canned green beans. I didn't have any zuchinni, so I cut 3 small potatoes and used those (with skins). I used one can of beef broth and one can of chicken, instead of water( forgot the wine too!). All low sodium... I think that any changes you make will be great! The base recipe is wonderful also, but we made do with what was on hand. For a final touch, I splashed in some worshirtire sauce. Probably not typical, but it gives the soup a richness and brings everything together.
Few quick tips- saute the onions, then add the garlic. Onions need more time to soften, and garlic burns rather quickly. And chopping all those veggies really doesn't take more than 5 mins tops. I saw a few complaints about that-what do you expect? Fresh food takes alitte work!
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This soup really is fantastic! I was craving a hearty vegtable soup, one that I could make...