Whitewater Cooks Minestrone Soup

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If hindsight is 20-20,

what is intuition?

P I N this to pinterestI should have intuited, that after a long week of birthday planning
and no sleep..

the doctor would confirm an ear-infection.

No worries.. drugs were prescribed, along with a cough syrup that I hope

..will knock me out cold.

Except, now both of my children.. have headaches and sore throats..

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…keeping the chickadees fed..

I should have also intuited this snowfall after all, we do live in Calgary

…and no one has their snow tires on yet..

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… kind of looks like the icing on my last cake?

In case I don’t wake up from my coma in  a few days a week…

here is my favorite Whitewater Cooks soup. It started out as a simple Minestrone..
but feeling frugal

I added heaps of veggies that were languishing in my fridge’s crisper.

Comfort food is just what we need now,

because my son’s birthday is in just one week… and I have another cake to bake and a birthday to plan!

P I N this to pinterestUntil then..

I’m curling up under a thick fur blanket

..with the massive storm that has hit the Calgary region,

I plan to be here a while.

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Whitewater Cooks Minestrone

Whitewater Cooks Minestrone Soup
  • 4-5 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 leek, white part only, diced
  • 3 cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 3-4 smaller new potatoes, skin on and chopped
  • 1 small (4 inch) sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 large handful spinach
  • 8-10 button mushrooms, stems off and chopped
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 1 litre beef stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 4-5 leaves fresh basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2-3 stems fresh oregano leaves
  • black pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 14-oz tin butter beans
  • 1 14-oz tin red lentils
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup small pasta
  • fresh parmesan for sprinkling
  1. Fry bacon pieces in the bottom of a large stockpot until cooked through. Add the butter, garlic, carrots, onion and leek. Saute over medium heat until onions are translucent. Add in the cabbage, zucchini, new potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach and mushrooms. Pour in the chicken and beef stocks and add the red wine. Add the basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir to mix and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes.
  2. Rinse and add the beans and red lentils, tomatoes, and pasta. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, simmering until the pasta is done. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  3. Ladle into cups and sprinkle parmesan cheese over and serve.
Adapted from White Water Cooks


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  • Sorry to hear that you and your children are under the weather, but this soup looks like it would be good for anything that ails you and the snow is beautiful. Get well soon.ReplyCancel

  • Snow? Nooooooooooooo. The soup looks like magic for being sick, and for snow outside the window. Feel better. Stay warm.ReplyCancel

  • Yay for frugal :D. Lookin’ good, Barb’! Hope you get better!ReplyCancel

  • I am sorry to hear you are not well. Ear infections are the pits and often so painful. Sending you (and the children) lots of good well wishes from across the ocean. xoxReplyCancel

  • I hope you feel better soon! Enjoy that delicious soup and I hope the whole household gets back to well-being soon. I can’t believe that you already have snow! I had no idea you get it so early. It’s just a sign of things to come here in Chicago and I am sure that we’re going to get hit hard this winter. Feel better!ReplyCancel

    • Oh no…I am in Chicago…no snow yet or even at all please lolReplyCancel

      • Did I miss that in your post? I hope you’re enjoying our Fall — hope you didn’t get drenched from all the storms yesterday! ReplyCancel

        • Oh this isn’t Barbara…I read your comment on her post and responded ReplyCancel

        • Sorry, was combining replies and messed my last one up to you boomiebol 🙂ReplyCancel

          • No worries.. I’m often doing that! Once I made a typo of “crap” for “crab”.. I fear I will never live that one down.. and it was taken with good humor luckily!ReplyCancel

    • I think this virus is everywhere.. once a year I get sick and now that will be over with (I hope):) I hope your snow stays away a bit longer! ReplyCancel

  • gastrogardener

    Oh no! Feel better – all of you… The soup should help!ReplyCancel

  • Get well soon – all of you! Mortailty sucks, right?ReplyCancel

  • Feel well soon….snow yuck lolReplyCancel

  • Soup looks delicious – thanks for sharing – here’s to getting well and back on your feet – Happy Tuesday:)ReplyCancel

  • My goodness!! That is QUITE the snow fall you got!! I really hope the snow around my area holds off for a long time..I am not ready for it!! This soup looks perfect for a snowy day, and for a sick day! Feel better soon!ReplyCancel

  • SNOW, NO!!!!! No snow please, not yet.
    Hope you and your children feel better real soon. That delicious soup should help.ReplyCancel

  • I’m so excited for snow here in Chicago! Hope your kids feel better.ReplyCancel

  • I hope your feeling better soon! Moms can’t be sick you know the rule! I am certain that your beautiful minestrone soup will have everyone on recovery soon. Take care, BAMReplyCancel

  • I’m ignorant on North American weather but it does seem to me that the snow has arrived early. And that’s not a snow fall, that’s a dumping. But it looks so beautiful. My children have never seen snow! I hope you feel better soon. I have had a hectic time lately myself and I’m in such a mess as so many things have been neglected. My mother has been in hospital with a fracture for three weeks, we had my father’s 75th birthday, my father-in-laws 80th and relatives over for a dinner party last night. I’m staggering around today after too much red wine xxReplyCancel

    • It sure seems early to me.. but it’s snowed on Hallowe’en for as long as I can remember. (Because it ruined our costumes to have a coat over them, lol!) Your life sounds absolutely unhinged!! I wish I lived closer, I’d bring you some soup and your son could hang out with mine for a while and give you a break! I hope your mother heals quickly! xxReplyCancel

  • The soup looks like just the thing to make you all feel better. Take care Barb!ReplyCancel

  • Lovely soup! I hope you get better soon!ReplyCancel

  • Thats looks perfect for a cold day like that, hope you get better soonReplyCancel

  • Oh, love, I’m so sad to hear you’re sick! Beef is not good for sick people! Only vegetables and maybe chicken and for sure naps and someone to read to you! I’m on my way! So, so sorry you’re sick! And what?! Honestly? (your pictures don’t lie) snow, already? Oh Smidge, you’re too good for this!! (who do I need to call?) 🙂 xxooReplyCancel

  • The pictures are beautiful…I would love to be curled up with a cozy blanket and hot cup of tea gazing out the window…ahhhh, yes!ReplyCancel

  • Yum! Looks delish and healthy too! I hope you all are feeling better soon!ReplyCancel

  • I’m down and out with the lurgy as well, Smidge. I might go put a pot of minestrone on, thanks for the inspiration. Get well soon! xxReplyCancel

  • Oh my poor friend I hope everyone feels better – I’m sure your delicious soup helped 🙂

    Choc Chip UruReplyCancel

  • Hope you feel better soon 🙂 drink lots too of lemon water with honey, ginger and cinnamon.ReplyCancel

  • Sorry to read that your household is not just under the weather but battling it, too. Snow already? Yikes! Your method here is so very Italian. Use whatever vegetables you find in the fridge, add some beans, a little tomato “for color”, herbs, spices, stock, pasta, a glug of wine and you’ve got a great bowl of minestrone. Serve it with a chunk of bread and it will help “cure what ails ya.” If only it could do something about the snow on the driveway.
    I hope this soup and the antibiotics help you all bounce back ASAP, Barb.ReplyCancel

  • Mmmm, all those yummy vitamins… hope they get you all back to health soon!ReplyCancel

  • there’s something special about the first sonowfall, well for me there is! I hope the lurgy i slong gone and you are feeling bright and chipper, I’m sure you will after the bowl of soup – and the bowl is beautiful !!ReplyCancel

  • You weren’t kidding about the snow! Looks like my kind of minestrone; chock full of vegetables. Hope you feel better soon.ReplyCancel

  • Great shot of the soup with the snow behind – lovely light. That does look like serious snow, the like of which we don’t get in France – well not hereabouts. Having said that, I can probably expect a freak winter now – get well soon:)ReplyCancel

  • Did you win the Calgary top blog award? I see a little badge displayed!

    Love that soup. I love all soup, actually, but that one looks very tempting.ReplyCancel

  • Brrrrrr…. love those chickkadees, we are feeding blue and coal tits now. Lovely to see your weather, keep warm :)xReplyCancel

  • First of all, get better! We can’t have you missing out on blogging…LOL We’ll miss you. Your soup looks so comforting. I love soup when I’m not feeling well. That’s a lot of snow! They keep threatening it here, but so far I think this morning we’re just frozen after a lot of rain yesterday.

    Get well soon! ~ April 🙂ReplyCancel

  • I heard about that dump and immediately thought of you, Barbara! We’ve had nothing but teaming rain which is quite depressing, but not so much as a snow dump in October. And poor you with the ear infection, I hope you recover quickly. This soup is perfect medicine to heal sore throats and achy ears. I so feel like soup, but now snow. For snow I would like to place my order for December 24 around 4pm (after our drive to my brother’s place), but make sure it starts light and then overnight really dumps hard.ReplyCancel

  • Excellent looking soup with so many good things inside! I can’t stop wondering about the snow. I know you are way North, but still, it’s just October… I hope every one is feeling better very soon! <3ReplyCancel

  • ¡Qué rico! 😉 Soup looks delicious and your garden beautiful all dress in white. Get well soon 🙂ReplyCancel

  • It looks like being under the covers even when you’re well would be a nice place to be! Hope you all recover quickly in time for the party !ReplyCancel

  • Looks like real comfort food. I hope you feel much better very soon. xxxReplyCancel

  • An ear infection and snow? Definitely soup time. Wishes for a speedy recovery.ReplyCancel

  • I little bit of everything to create a warming bowl of goodness to beat the chill. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Oh that last shot! Stunning. You write beautifully Barbara 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Pretty, pretty snow scenes. You need to be well for “trick or treat”! Bet your treats are gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • soup looks yummy, but the snow – I am not ready for that yet.ReplyCancel

  • Not sure what to think about snow…I miss it when it’s not here, hate it when it’s here for too long! But yes, soup and snow are great combos!
    Hope you are feeling better now.ReplyCancel

  • mjskit

    What a super hearty and delicious soup!!!! I would definitely want this soup if I woke up to snow! We’re still in the 70’s which is unusual for this time of year. I would like it a little cooler, but I don’t want the snow! It’s beautiful as I can see in your picture, but please keep it up there in Calgary! 🙂 Thanks for commenting on my blog because now I have found your beautiful space!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Time to snuggle in for a couple days. Enjoy the firsts of winter…snow, hearty soups, tea and hot chocolate.
    Your a generous mom throwing two parties and not a joint party with the birthdays so close.
    Feel better. xReplyCancel

  • I hope you’re beginning to feel better! Even if you are improving, I hope you’ll continue to slow down for just a little bit…rest is always good. What a beautiful post for someone who isn’t even feeling well, Barbara! The minestrone has to be the the best recipe for any soup! What abundance of vegetables. I think it would cure anything…the snow is amazing, too! Lovely…now you take care of yourself! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Look at all that snow! I hope you are all better now – I should think you need some chilli in the soup too, to keep out the cold 😉ReplyCancel

  • Hi, Barbara. Hope your feeling a little better. We just gout our first real cold snap in DFW this morning. It’s 51 F and is supposed to get into the mid 40s, perfect time for some hot soups. This one sounds great!ReplyCancel

  • It’s cold, rainy and snow in the mountains here. I think I need a bowl of this delicious soup. 🙂 Beautiful as always Smidge. And love, love all the veggies. Hope you’re feeling better soon! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • The soup looks like the perfect remedy. Hope everyone has recovered. Your snow photos give me a shiver right down my spine. Our turn will come. I can only hope it looks as lovely as your scenery.ReplyCancel

  • Soup always makes me feel better…I hope it does for you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • Coleen Patrick

    Hope you are all recovered! Warm soup is a great comfort–and the perfect component for feeling cozy on a cold night!ReplyCancel

  • Hope you are all feeling better soon! I know your post made me feel great! Thanks!

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