Thursday, January 7, 2016

Post-Run Recovery Minestrone Soup!

Hello friends! How's it going!? Winter has finally showed up here in the Capital region and i'm sad to see those mild winter temps disappear. SAD FACE.  I know I'm not alone when I say that the winter makes me crave a giant bowl of hot soup!! Especially after those long runs in 14 degree weather when I just want to face plant into something hot and hearty!  I whipped up this batch of minestrone soup from the Runners World cookbook yesterday afternoon.  It was so so simple and made SO MUCH!  I was going to double it to freeze, but I forgot to pick up extra containers so just made the single batch.  Still makes 8+ servings! Here's the ingredients and recipe! It's vegan friendly and a great post-run recovery meal!  It's loaded with beans (protein!) and pasta (carbs!) and lots of veggies!  Even better when you add grilled cheeseeeee:)

I picked up all the ingredients during my weekly grocery haul at Trader Joes.  Since some stuff isn't in season, I substituted some ingredients so I'm going to just use what I did in this recipe!
2 quarts of good-quality vegetable broth
1 can (14.5 ounce) petite-diced tomatoes(not drained)
2 tablespoons EVOO
1 large onion, diced small
1 rib celery-diced small
1 carrot-diced small
2 teaspoons TJ everyday seasoning (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes (or to taste) 
2 can (15 ounces each) small white beans(not drained)
8 ounces frozen peas
2 cups chopped fresh kale
2 cups bite-size pasta
 Salt & pepper to taste

At TJ's, I found a container of already chopped onion, carrot and celery.   LIFE/TIME SAVER.  

-Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
-Add the onion, celery & carrot. Cook stirring frequently for about 5 minutes or until tender.
-add the Seasoning and pepper flakes & cook for 1 minute of until fragrant.
-add the broth and tomatoes and let simmer for about 5 minutes.
-Add the beans, peas, pasta & pasta



-Season with salt & pepper

-Cover and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium low
-Continue to simmer, partially covered and stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft the pasta is tender.
 -Dig in!

(This made A LOT) I had 2 full  large mason jars of it in the end!

Hope you enjoy it! Happy Running !

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