This is a simple and utterly delicious soup that you can make in about 30 minutes. It feeds six generously, and it's perfect for a cold winter day.
And like almost all of the best laughably cheap recipes here at Casual Kitchen, this one comes in at well under a buck a serving. That's right: yet another recipe that's so inexpensive, it literally makes you laugh out loud. Once again, it's pure fiction that healthy, delicious food has to be expensive or difficult to prepare.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. Enjoy!
Easy Minestrone Soup
5 slices bacon
1 onion, chopped
3 medium carrots, sliced
3 stalks celery, sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (more or less to taste)
3/4 cup frozen peas
1 15-ounce can chickpeas
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans
1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 bouillon cubes
8 cups water
1) In a large soup pot, fry the bacon until crispy. Set bacon aside and drain all but about 2-3 Tablespoons of bacon drippings from the pot.*
2) Add the onion, celery and garlic to the remaining bacon drippings and saute for 5 minutes on medium-high heat. Add the black pepper and carrots and saute for another 2-3 minutes.
3) Add 1 cup of water and deglaze the bottom of the soup pot. Then add the remaining water and the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until veggies are cooked to your liking. Serve into bowls, and crumble the reserved bacon over the top of each bowl. Serve immediately.
1) * A confession regarding bacon drippings: Readers, when I make this recipe, I don't drain away any of the bacon drippings--and I saute those veggies in all of that glorious, artery-clogging fat. Partly it's due to the influence of books like Why We Get Fat and Wheat Belly: I'm simply not as aggressive as I used to be about reducing our fat intake. Your mileage (and your conclusions on dietary fat) may vary, so feel free to use the amount of fat in this recipe you wish to.
I'm quite curious to hear what other readers have to say about this issue: Do you drain away excess fat in your recipes, or do you keep it all in there? Why? If you have thoughts, share them in the comments!
2) Cost rundown:
5 slices bacon: $1.20
Chick peas: 67c
Cannellini beans: 67c
Frozen peas: 30c
Diced Tomatoes: 67c
Total cost: about $4.81, or about 80c a serving.
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