I went into this recipe knowing that many other reviewers pointed to it being flavorless. I started by sauteing the onions, celery and carrots in a dab of oil before continuing, to enhance their flavors. Then I added the garlic. Then the water, tomato paste and beans. When the veggies had softened up, I gave the soup a taste. It tasted like a watered down tomato, not even the veggies added flavor. So I added a few spoonfuls of organic chicken base, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. I like a chunky soup and had never heard of anyone pureeing minestrone, so I skipped the blending step. Then I added the pasta, some more water because I could tell the pasta would soak most of the broth up, and also a handful of frozen spinach. My end result was a good soup. I served it with shredded Parmesan cheese and biscuits.
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I went into this recipe knowing that many other reviewers pointed to it being flavorless. I...