Easy vegetarian Ministrone

Vegetarian Minestrone and Birthday Wishes To Shelby

by Megan on September 30, 2012


Happy Birthday Shelby!!!

Today is the birthday of Grumpy’s honey bunch and we are throwing a virtual surprise birthday party.

Shelby, who writes one of my favorite blogs, The Life And Loves Of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, is turning another year older and we’re here to celebrate! Katrina, of Baking And Boys is hosting this party, and asked everyone to make a recipe from Shelby’s blog and post it today.  You can find the link to all the party goers at Katrina’s. Plus she made the birthday cake, you’ll want to stop by for a slice of that!

Vegetarian Ministrone Soup

With the cooler weather of Fall upon us, I’m ready for soup and sweater weather. I brought Shelby’s Vegetarian Minestrone Soup to the party.  My soup was a little thicker and heartier  in the vegetable department then the original recipe, but it was oh so good. I used my food processor for chopping up my onions, carrots, and zucchini and I didn’t really measure. I just chopped and dumped, and then realized I needed more broth, so I added 2 more cups of water. It made a huge pot of soup, and we ate every single drop of it! It’s light in calories, heavy on the healthy stuff, and satisfied the soul.

Thank you for a great soup recipe Shelby and…

I wish you a happy birthday and delicious day!

Check out all the fun!

Katrina from Baking and Boys

Jenny from Mad Rantings of Andrew’s Mom

Suzanne from Thru the Bugs on My Windshield 

Pam from Living Rancho Delux

Vegetarian Minestrone Soup


Vegetarian Ministrone Soup

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 med onion, chopped
5 cups water
1 zucchini, diced
3 carrots, diced
1 can drained canned white beans
3 stalks celery, diced
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup uncooked salad macaroni or elbow macaroni
 grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and sauté about 4 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. Add water and next 10 ingredients (water through garlic); bring to a boil.
  4. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 25 minutes.
  5. Add pasta and cook an additional 10 minutes.
  6. Ladle into individual bowls, and sprinkle with cheese.
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Happy Birthday Shelby a.k.a. Grumpy’s Honeybunch
September 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shelby September 30, 2012 at 6:56 am

Megan, thank you so much. It definitely was a surprise! I appreciate the friendship of all my fellow bloggers and I am really touched that you thought of me. :)

2 Katrina September 30, 2012 at 7:04 am

The soup looks de-licious! Must try it. Thanks for “playing”, Megan!

3 Jenny September 30, 2012 at 7:08 am

The soup looks great especially with Fall here! It was great to be a part of this celebration for Shelby!

4 Barbara @ Barbara Bakes September 30, 2012 at 8:12 am

This looks like just the kind of recipe Shelby would love. My family too.

5 Suzanne September 30, 2012 at 8:43 am

Yum! What a birthday celebration! This is so fun and this minestrone look perfect for today’s fall, rainy weather. Wish I had a bowl, now!!

6 Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! September 30, 2012 at 4:47 pm

This is the perfect soup for a day like today. All those nice veggies in a big bowl…

7 Blond Duck October 8, 2012 at 5:03 am

Happy birthday! That soup looks perfect for our cool weather!

8 Heidi October 15, 2012 at 6:30 am

This birthday cake is beautiful! Great soup recipe!
Thank you for sharing.

9 Ashley October 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm

What a fun idea! And I love soup…this looks great!

10 Alison @ Under the Big Oak Tree November 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I love soup! We eat it many times a week during the fall and winter months! I’ll be adding this to our menu plan soon!

I’d love for you to link this to my Soup’s On! Sunday Linky Party that I’ll be hosting each Sunday during the fall and winter months! Today was the first day!

Hope you’ll join us!

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