30 Minute Minestrone with Turkey

Finally, I remembered to take a picture of our meal before we ate it all!   I have been loving the 30 minute meals we have recently tried from the Oct/Nov issue of Simple & Delicious magazine!

When I got home from work this evening it was tempting to just make a box of Mrs Grass soup as I didn’t have much time to cook.  This is fast and very good.   I think Grandpa had 3 bowls of soup!

Summer Squash from our garden.


30 Minute Minestrone with Turkey
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Serves: 6
Easy enough to make even during the work week! Only 30 minutes from start to table. Great way to use our Garden harvest as well. We have to double this recipe as we feed any where from 5 to 8 people each night.
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 1 celery rib, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth or homemade turkey stock
  • 1 can (14½ oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ⅔ cup each frozen peas, corn and cut green beans
  • ½ cup uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. dried basil
  • ¼ tsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup cubed cooked turkey
  • 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into ¼-in. slices
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional
  1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil.
  2. Add carrots, onion and celery; cook and stir until tender.
  3. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  4. Add broth, vegetables, macaroni and seasonings. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until macaroni is al dente.
  6. Stir in turkey and zucchini, cook until zucchini is crisp-tender.
  7. Discard bay leaf.
  8. If desired sprinkle servings with cheese.


Happy Cooking!


Best Broccoli Soup Recipe

Taste of Home does it again!   Another great recipe we tried out of Taste Of Home: Best Loved Recipes.  What a great cookbook!

Best Broccoli Soup Recipe is very easy to make.  This is a cream based soup and not cheesy so it pairs very nicely with grilled cheese sandwiches.


Best Broccoli Soup
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Serves: 6-8
Great Soup recipe....I even used frozen Broccoli and it was very good!
  • •2 cups water
  • •4 cups chopped fresh broccoli (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • •1 cup chopped celery
  • •1 cup chopped carrots
  • •1/2 cup chopped onion
  • •6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • •6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • •3 cups chicken broth
  • •2 cups 2% milk
  • •1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • •1 teaspoon onion salt
  • •1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • •1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. •In a Dutch oven, bring water to boil. Add the broccoli, celery and carrots; boil 2-3 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain; set vegetables aside.
  2. •In the same pot, saute onion in butter until tender. Stir in flour to form a smooth paste. Gradually stir in broth and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1 minute or until thickened.
  3. •Stir in reserved vegetables and remaining ingredients. Reduce heat; cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Happy Cooking!