Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Minestrone In Minutes : IHCC - for Deb

One of the co-hosts at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), Deb, has recently lost her mother. We, at IHCC is making a potluck dish to honour Deb, to offer some comfort by way of food, during this time of bereavement. Deb loves soups, so I have made a comforting bowl of pasta soup.

A meatless soup (I've used vegetable stock), which do not take much time to prepare. I've used elbow pasta instead of ditalini.

"I hope, Deb, that you would find some comfort in this bowl of pasta soup, even though it is only virtually. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

Minestrone In Minutes
(adapted from "Nigella Express", Nigella Lawson)
Serves 2-3
1 (14-oz) can mixed beans (sometimes sold as mixed bean salad) or other canned beans
3 cups hot chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup tomato-based pasta sauce of your choice
4 oz ditalini or other soup pasta

  1. Drain the beans and put them into a saucepan with the hot stock and pasta sauce.
  2. Bring the pan to a boil and then add the ditalini, cooking according to package instructions.
  3. Once the pasta is tender, switch off the heat, remove the pan to a cool surface, and let stand for 5-10 minutes if you can bear to wait. The pasta swells in the soup and everything just gets better.
I'm linking this post to I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), for Deb.


  1. Quick and delicious....I am very sure that Deb will love the soup as much as I do.

  2. Your soup sounds delicious, Joyce, and perfect for this rainy cold day here! Nice of you for your virtual friend!

  3. Deb does indeed love soups and I know she would love a bowl of this one. Comforting with the beans and pasta. It looks delicious! Thanks so much for honoring Deb with a soup:)

  4. Joyce, I love your easy peasy minestrone in minutes. It is so easy but yet looks like it is cooked for very long in the kitchen. I'm sure Deb will be comforted by this :)

  5. Bean in a soup spells comfort for me. It helps that it's easy to make.

  6. Your soup looks warm and comforting Joyce and while a sad time still for Deb I am glad we are joined together by our tribute in Honor of Deb!

  7. Joyce, Thank you so much for your beautiful words and comforting soup. Minestrone is one of my favorites and your pictures look so inviting. It took me a while to be able to read all the tribute posts but I appreciate your thoughts and the concern--it truly warms my heart. Aloha, Deb