I've been trying to clean out the freezer and I had 2 small ham bones in there so I decided to throw them in the crock pot for the day. By the end of the day, I had a delicious ham broth and a bunch of ham chunks that just needed to be made into soup.
I sorta just grabbed stuff out of the fridge and started chopping. This soup turned out absolutely wonderful! I'm so glad I wrote down how I made it so I can make it again.
Tuscan Minestrone Soup
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 - 3 carrots, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 large zucchini, cut into coins cut in half
1 small bunch spinach, shredded and chopped
1 can diced tomatoes (or 2 fresh tomatoes)
2 cans white beans, rinsed and drained
4 tbsp. tomato paste
Salt and pepper
1 cup pasta, uncooked
4 - 6 cups water or ham broth (I think that I used about 4 cups)
1 ham hock (unless you're vegetarian, then you probably wouldn't want to use this.)
Saute the onion in cooking spray until soft, for about 3 - 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add all the remaining veggies. Season with salt and pepper and stir. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes, until the veggies are softened. Add ham broth and ham chunks if using. Stir in the tomato paste and cover and simmer the soup on low for about 45 minutes. Heat to boiling, add pasta and beans and cook until pasta is done. Serve.
**I like thick soup so I added about 4 cups of liquid but if you want it thinner, just add more broth.
**You can add pretty much any veggies.