Wish you all a Very Happy New Year! 2010 ended off on a fabulous note for us and we know 2011 will bring more joy and happiness. Do you make New Year resolutions? I personally don’t. The goal is maintain a healthy life style. We have slowly moved from white rice to brown rice. The only days we eat white rice is when we go out or when we have guests over.
We are certainly cooking at home, but tend to make quick one pot dishes and just don’t have the time to take pictures to blog about it. I write a story in my mind, but it never ends up being typed. Ashwin keeps us on our toes. While he is not a fussy or demanding baby, work has quadrupled at home. Cooking takes a back seat and laundry (sigh) is the winner at home. In between laundry, feeding and changing diapers, we cook.
Last night’s meal was an Italian flavored soup. Simple ingredients, hardly takes any time at all and yet filling and healthy. I wanted to cook with ingredients we had at home. So here goes the recipe. Please feel free to use one tomato instead of paste and fresh herbs if you have them available. I used frozen parsley from Daregal and dried thyme.
Olive Oil – 1 T
Garlic – 3 cloves, finely minced
Red Onion – 1 cup, medium diced
Bell Pepper – 1, medium dice
Carrots – 3, small or 1 large, medium dice or rounds
Tomato Paste – 2 T
Sun dried tomatoes packed in oil – 2 T, finely chopped
Thyme (dried) – ½ tsp
Rosemary – 1 tsp, finely chopped
Vegetable stock – 4 cups
Cannellini beans – 1 can, rinsed
Parsley – ¼ cup, chopped
Salt to taste
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven and when the oil is hot, add garlic and saute until it turns slightly golden in color.
- Stir in the onions and cook until they turn translucent.
- Add bell pepper, carrots, tomato paste and sun dried tomato and sauté well, so that the tomato paste gets well incorporated.
- Add the herbs, give it a quick sauté and pour vegetable stock in to the pot along with the beans.
- Season with salt and allow the soup to simmer on medium low for 15-20 minutes.
- Garnish with parsley and serve warm
This soup is by no means an Italian soup. I used herbs that are used commonly in Italian cooking, that is all.