September 02, 2009

Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club - Light Lunches


This month our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club decided to make light lunches. Our recipes for this month are easily portable lunches that you can make and take.

With fall coming I decided I a Vegetarian Minestrone soup would be a good order of the day. The recipe I picked was easy and used ingredients most of us already have in our pantry. I know you are all wondering - since you chose a Vegetarian Minestrone - did Grumpy eat it and if he did, did he like it? The answer is yes and yes. He and I both agree that it needed more salt but other than needing more salt it turned out really well. I also realize that saltiness is a matter of taste and I think you should make the recipe as it is stated and only add salt to taste after it is done. I also suggest that you do not add more than the 1/4 cup of pasta that it calls for. When I put the pasta in the soup I though that it wasn't enough so I put in another 1/4 cup. That was a mistake! This made the broth much less as the pasta really swelled up.


To see what the other Virtual Supper Club members brought to our Lightened Lunches check out their links below.

Salad- Aggie -Lemony Orzo Salad
Sandwich - Helene - Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich
Shelby - Vegetarian Minestrone
Vegetarian Minestrone
2 teaspoons olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onion
3 cups water
2 cups diced zucchini
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup drained canned cannellini beans or other white beans
3/4 cup diced celery
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup uncooked ditalini (very short tubular macaroni) or elbow macaroni
4 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Add water and next 10 ingredients (water through garlic); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 25 minutes. Add pasta; cover and cook an additional 10 minutes. Ladle into individual bowls, and sprinkle with cheese.


Jamie said...

What a healthy soup and perfect for lunch. I just printed the recipe. I know my family will love it. Thanks for sharing it for our virtual supper club.

Aggie said...

I'm making this when I get back from vacation Shelby! I love a good hearty and healthy soup so this one sounds perfect!! And thanks for the pasta warning! Your pictures look delish!

Aggie said...

I'm making this when I get back from vacation Shelby! I love a good hearty and healthy soup so this one sounds perfect!! And thanks for the pasta warning! Your pictures look delish!

Barbara Bakes said...

We are on the same cooking wave length lately - I cooked minestrone on Monday! I'll have to give your version a try too!

The Hungry Mouse said...

Oh, looks great! (And that's coming from me, the grand carnivore!) :D

Thanks for the tip on not adding more pasta. I make a baked spaghetti that's the same way. It calls for a tiny amount of pasta, but it really is enough for the whole dish once it poofs up.


tamilyn said...

Makes me think of fall-all warm and comforting!

Bellini Valli said...

With my favourite time of the year and cooler weather approaching this would be perfect for packing for lunch. Thanks for sharing it with our Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club.

Mags said...

We're soup people for sure. I can't wait to make this!

Fallon said...

MM I love minestrone! I'm so glad the weather starting to change. Soup is the best during the cooler months!

Lynda said...

I'm looking forward to soup weather this fall, so i'll have to try this version of Minestrone; I looks delicious!

Helene said...

This is comfort food at is best. Love the color of your minestrone. Thanks for making this soup for this month Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club.

Coleen's Recipes said...

In the winter time, I love to keep a crockpot of soup going in the kitchen. I'm anxious to give this one a try. Thanks.

teresa said...

oh yummy, this looks like the perfect lunch!

noble pig said...

This is a great lunch, so appetizing looking!!!

Laura said...

Those pics are gorgeous!

cindy said...

Looks delish, I will be making it soon. Can I use fresh basil in it? I have a bumper crop!

Krissy @ The Food Addicts said...

what a perfect little lunch you had. i like the addition of the ritz crackers! everything looks great!

Katy ~ said...

Yummmm... I can smell it simmering from here!

pigpigscorner said...

This sounds like a perfect easy and healthy lunch!

Mel said...

Such a yummy soup! I made this for dinner tonight, and my family loved it!

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