Mr.CBB’s Tomato Minestrone Soup Recipe

When the colder weather approaches soups, stews and chili are on the menu more often than not. In Mr.CBB’s Kitchen this week I have participated in the British Columbia Welfare Food Challenge by raise the rates. With this challenge you start with an empty pantry and you spend only $26 at the grocery store on foods you will eat all week. The purpose of the challenge is to get a better understanding about how challenging it can be to live on $109 a month for groceries given to welfare recipients. You can read about my journey along the way in The Grocery Game Challenge posts and What I ate the first 2 days of the challenge.

This quick homemade soup was created from my list of ingredients and I have to say it was absolutely amazing. So amazing that I couldn’t stop Mrs.CBB from stealing 3 bowls of the soup over the course of 3 days. This was such an easy minestrone soup to make.

A large pot of soup is not only easy to make but it’s a cheap way to fill you up with some healthy good food. This pot of soup used almost all the ingredients I had in my basket (I feel like I’m on that Food Network program “Chopped”). The only difference is I really only get to use what’s in my basket, no pantry to back me up. I would have loved to toss in some fennel greens to this recipe so if you have them toss away! If you really wanted to make it easy you could make this a slow cooker minestrone soup and come home to this wonderful soup after a long day at the office.

The tanginess in the soup comes from the tomato paste and the slice of lemon I tossed in after taking off the rind for another dish I was preparing. I used the juice and rind for my lemon vinaigrette to top my garden salad (really it was lettuce and carrots) don’t want to make it sound like it was full of vegetables because that was not the case. I made sure my lemon slice was good to the last drop.

I would have loved to make my Kalamata Olive bread and dip it in this soup. I would have also loved to grate fresh Parmigiano all over this soup. Can you tell I’m hungry! Give this recipe a try and please come back and tell me what you think.

Prep Time:

  • 10 minutes to chop veg and prepare water and chicken cubes
  • soak beans over night and boil them 15 minutes until tender then chill
  • cook time: 35 minutes

Tools:

  • Med Stock or Soup Pot
  • Ladle
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring cup
  • can opener
  • strainer for your black beans

Minestrone Soup Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of cold water
  • 4 chicken cubes
  • salt
  • pepper
  • lemon slice
  • 1 onion minced
  • 2 carrots chopped into bits
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 2 cups of tubetti pasta
  • 1 cup of cooked black beans ( if from dry)  (if from can just open the can)
  • 2 table spoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove of garlic minced

Procedure

  • In your stock pot add the cold water and bring it to a boil
  • Add in your chicken cubes
  • Add in the carrots, onions and garlic
  • Add in the tubetti pasta
  • Add in the tomato paste
  • Add in 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper
  • Add in the black beans
  • Add in the lemon slice
  • Mix it all up and bring to a boil then lower to medium for another 30 minutes or until the pasta is cooked
  • Take out the lemon before serving
  • Add more salt and pepper if needed for your desired taste
  • Ladle into a bowl and add a little extra virgin olive oil to the top for flavour

That’s it folks and I bet you thought this would be a difficult soup to make.In fact it is so easy it’s a great recipe to make with your children in the kitchen. You can teach them how easy it is to make a large pot of soup for a fraction of the cost of those convenience foods that cost you more than you need to spend.  If you take the time to learn new tricks in the kitchen other recipes will start flowing and before you know it they will be calling you the chef of your kitchen and people will want to be invited for dinner at your house.

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Mr. CBB
I’m from the UK and now a recent permanent resident in Canada. I bought my first house at the age of 21 after University then my second at the age of 24. I’ve always been fascinated with personal finance, savings, learning to make money and watch it grow while combating debts along the way. Canadian Budget Binder is a place where I get to share my experiences with personal finance and learn about yours along the way. I hope you stick around and check me out on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest where I am active on all social media sites. Cheers, Mr.CBB
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Comments

  1. Helen Newton says:

    I enjoy reading your blogs and was intriqued by your Tomato minestroni soup. Reminded me of home and my parents with our family(6 boys and 1 girl) growing up in the late 30’s and 40’s.,
    Mom used to make macaroni and tomatoes at least once a week. She first cooked and drained the elbow macaroni and then added a jar of her home canned tomatoes. We all enjoyed it.

    • Hi Helen! Thanks for the lovely comments. I was actually amazed at how lovely this tasted. Today I had the last bowl and it was just as good. It probably would have lasted me right through the end of the Welfare Food Challenge if my wife wasn’t eating it up…Guess I’ll be making it after the challenge as well MR.CBB :-)

  2. Christine Weadick says:

    I’m going to assume that you add the chicken cubes with the water at the start????? I see them in the ingredient list but I don’t see where you are to add them……it does look good mind you……might be trying this soon!!!

  3. That looks delicious! I wonder if my kids would eat it! Worth a shot! =)

  4. Good job Mr. CBB. An excellent example of just how well a person can eat, even with limited resources.

  5. This looks absolutely BANGING! So hungry right now…

  6. Heck, yes. I love soups in these cooler months. You’re rocking that challenge!!! Maybe there can even be a double purpose to it…helping people who are living on $26/week discover some new recipes that are affordable.

  7. theoutliermodel says:

    Looks delish! Great winter recipe too.

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