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.