So, in an effort to cheer myself up (and to cut some carbs), I cooked a hearty pot of Minestrone soup for dinner on Saturday night. Yes, the bf and I are like an old couple these days – we don’t go out partying or painting the town red on Saturday nights anymore. Instead, we bum around at each other’s apartment reading, watching some interesting television series like State of Play or Grey’s Anatomy, cooking, cleaning, planning travels, etc.
The only bowl of Minestrone soup I remember eating is the one the bf’s mother served me when I first visited their home in South of Germany. It was a cold, cold night and the bf and I had traveled from Oslo to his parents’ home in South of Germany. When you walk from the train station to their house, you have to pass by a graveyard. I’m actually easily spooked out so I’m always a bit scared to walk past a graveyard. I remember seeing their house for the first time (it’s a three -storey house with a real fireplace) and being greeted with Minestrone soup and homemade bread. Talk about memories!
This winter is making me crave warm meals that are low in carbs but still substantial enough to help me be active at the gym. I made it to the gym four times last week and I’m thrilled. The final session on Saturday morning was one of those cardio classes where you work out with a step – better known as Step Aerobics. Oh my goodness, it was torture. I have to say this was my most difficult gym class to date. I was contemplating leaving after the first half but the bf said “It’s only 15 minutes more” .. though he was huffing and puffing in the corner. He was very insulted that a guy standing near him was more active than him. I guess the male ego was trashed :)
I’m glad I stayed throughout the whole 45 minute session, but it was really tough. My feet and legs started to hurt that night and most of Sunday. I’m feeling much less sore today but I went and signed up for yoga this evening – with a new instructor and a longer session. Honestly I don’t know what made me sign up for it because I’d rather go home and hide under the duvet – but I know that a habit takes 21 days to create and I’m really trying to create this ‘go-to-gym-without-whinging’ habit and that needs another 12 days to create. Wish me luck :)
I’m so long winded, no? I started out with Minestrone soup but have gone off on a tangent, talking about suffering in the gym. Do accept my apologies :)
The recipe is from Rachel Ray’s website here. I skipped the pancetta (ham) and made the soup with chicken stock. I also swapped chickpeas for white beans. I haven’t found kale here, so I skipped that as well.
Here are the steps I used:
- Fry chopped mushrooms in olive oil with a bit of minced garlic.
- Add in chopped onions; fry with mushrooms.
- Add in chopped carrots and celery; cook till tender.
- Add chopped sundried tomatoes.
- Pour chicken stock and add a few cups of water (this depends on the kind of stock you use). Bring to boil.
- Add in spices – oregano, thyme, basil, paprika, salt, and pepper.
- Add in macaroni and let it cook till al dente.
- Lastly add in white beans (as I bought pre-cooked white beans in a can) and stir.
It was delicious garnished with grated parmesan and served with a medium sized multigrain wholewheat bread roll.
So if you’re feeling cold and need a hearty soup to warm you up, do consider making this Minestrone soup ;)
Have a good week, everyone!