Chicken and Vegetable Minestrone

Back to liiiiife. Back to realityyyy.

Can I just say that my back yard looks absolutely nothing like the beach? Can I also just say that in my rush to get out the door last week I forgot to turn on the dishwasher before we left? And can I ask if it’s completely disgusting to describe to you in detail the kaleidoscopic web of mold binding my forks and knives together right now, in the dishwasher? Which was left untouched for seven entire days?

Can I also just say that I forgot to take the T-R-A-S-H out before we left for those seven whole days which was right next to the dishwasher housing my new hypercolor line of flatware? And can I ask if it’s beyond repulsive to illustrate the swarm of fruit flies moving around my kitchen like a flock of synchronized wild birds?


Oh you mean this is a food blog and this sort of language is frowned upon?


Well that’s no fun.

Wanna talk about summer soup then? We have to make it quick because I only have like six pictures left and I need to set up a little vinegar trap for the fruit flies. Oh! While I have you, can you offer any home remedies on how to get rid of them? We usually just a make a little funnel out of paper and tape it to a little jar with vinegar in it. Is that what you do? We’re still not talking about the summer soup, are we?


Only four pictures left! Let’s do this. And then it’s serious vinegar time.

Okay this soup is not even joking. It’s like the five-hundred-fecta of flavor. You have truck loads of veggies, tender shredded chicken, a bright tomato-y broth, a teensy spicy kick in the pants, creamy bites of beany goodness, blasts of fresh herbs and comforting toothy pasta shells. All in your mouth.


They don’t call it MINEstrone for nothing.

Get it?  Like, it’s all mine? The first part of the wor – right.

Because Ourstrone is just weird.

Whatever. Just get ‘stroned!

Chicken and Vegetable Minestrone:

What it took for 4:

* 3 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper
* 1 tsp onion powder
* 1 cup diced zucchini
* 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
* 1 (14.5 oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
* 6 cups chicken stock
* 1/2 cup dehydrated (or sun-dried) tomatoes
* 1 cup small pasta
* 1 cup sliced asparagus
* 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
* 6 large basil leaves, torn
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high. Add the garlic, crushed red pepper and onion powder; bloom 30 seconds.

Add the zucchini and sauté 5 minutes. Throw in a small pinch of salt and pepper.

Add the tomatoes and beans, give her a good stir.

Add the stock, dehydrated tomatoes and shredded chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.

Add the a pasta and asparagus. Cook another 6 minutes. Stir in the parsley and basil. Stir to combine everything. Give it a taste. If it needs another leetle pinch of salt, go fer it.

Ladle among 4 dinner bowls and serve with crusty bread!


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23 Responses to Chicken and Vegetable Minestrone

  1. Deborah August 17, 2012 at 9:07 am #
    This looks amazing and I love all of the summer veggies!
  2. Sini August 17, 2012 at 9:37 am #
    There's an abundance of all kinds of vegetables now and this soup seems like the perfect place to throw them all in :) I'm an absolute lover of minestrone...I mean MINEstrone. So good and healthy. I wish you a delicious weekend! And please, get rid of those fruit flies. Maybe you can vacuum them? My cousin does that with mosquitoes. Don't ask.
  3. Heather @ Heather's Dish August 17, 2012 at 10:18 am #
    consider me stroned! and one time i totally left some food in the trash while we were gone for a 9-day vacay and yeah. i kinda just threw up in my mouth thinking about what we found when we got back. mmmmm...soup :)
  4. Living The Sweet Life August 17, 2012 at 10:23 am #
    Maybe we should just focus on the soup ;) lol P.S I've done the trash thing so many times ... and that feeling, when you walk back into your home already sad that your vacation is over - - it gets no better when you realize that the trash has been sitting there. Anyways .... Soup!! Yumm... I love how hearty and delicious this looks. I'm sure I could eat soup for the rest of my life and be perfectly content. I'll have to give this one a try soon :)
  5. DessertForTwo August 17, 2012 at 10:25 am #
    Gah! Gorgeous photos! Love those glasses! Minestrone is my favorite soup ever!
  6. Eliana August 17, 2012 at 10:35 am #
    Can't think of a better soup to celebrate the flavors of summer!
  7. Katie August 17, 2012 at 11:55 am #
    When I first saw the word "minestrone" I wanted to slap you for even hinting at a fall/winter food, but this SUMMER soup is something I can (and will) totally high five you for.
  8. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings August 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm #
    Yup...experienced the same thing in coming back from our honeymoon...smelled lovely, not!
  9. Tracey Evans August 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm #
    I love that you added asparagus. Never thought of that for minestrone. Looks delish! :)
  10. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious August 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm #
    Look at all those gorgeous veggies! I totally need to make this.
  11. Kathleen Richardson August 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm #
    Who doesn't love a late summer soup loaded with vegetables--esp. asparagus! Lovely, tasty-looking creation, Bev. Good job. Keep writing...
  12. Stephanie August 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm #
    Add a drop or two of dish detergent (Dawn) to the vinegar mixture. This gets rid of the surface tension so when they land they will drown.
  13. Rina@Itheecook August 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm #
    It's been raining here on the island all day. I so want this right now!
  14. Nutmeg Nanny August 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm #
    I have totally done the whole "forget to take out the trash and run the dishwasher before vacation" move. Let's also not talk about the time I left wet laundry in the washer for a week...sigh. Good thing I have soup like this to make me feel better...yum!
  15. dhyana August 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm #
    not sure what I like more -- the blog stories or the recipes -- guess I'd have to say -- wait for it -- love them both!!! made this soup this evening (saturday) after cleaning ALL day (which maybe happens once a year) it was the perfect EASY end to a full day! didn't have asparagus or sun dried tomatoes -- added cabbage -- seemed to be missing something (probably the flavor intensity from the sun dried tomatoes) then it hit me -- balsamic vinegar! Voila! isn't depth of flavor -- almost can't wait to have leftovers tomorrow... whoohoo you're my cooking guuuruuu!! shine on!
  16. kari@Loaves and Dishes August 19, 2012 at 11:52 am #
    My refrigerator stopped working when were out of town, and all the stuff in the freezer defrosted and leaked and...I don't think there is a worse smell and the clean up was soooo gross. On a positive note, the soup looks like the perfect summery soup!
  17. Kara August 20, 2012 at 11:41 am #
    This looks delicious Bev!
  18. Sarah August 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm #
    I do the same fly trap trick except I squirt a teeny bit of dish soap into the cider vinegar so that the flies D-I-E when they land in the liquid. :-)
  19. kelley {mountain mama cooks} August 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm #
    I'll get stroned with you anytime. And then we can eat way too much of this soup.
  20. Mountaincat August 21, 2012 at 12:15 pm #
    Sing it with me! EVERYBODY must get stroned!
  21. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids August 23, 2012 at 9:00 am #
    Oh my yum! This soup is totally calling my name. Seriously.


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