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       Volume I - October 13, 2006

Candles and Minestrone!
A Focus On The Family
by Patty Liston

All this for soup?'s well worth it!

Being almost “empty nesters”, my spouse and I are usually alone for dinner meals. I must say it is tempting to forego the fuss, and just open a can of soup--especially after a long day at work.

However, wanting to keep some company around for several more decades, I have had to come up with recipes that are quick, easy, and healthy for both of us.

Below is one of our favorites. It takes little time, is nutritious, and I can double the recipe and use it later in the week. Just add a big green salad with lots of your favorite fresh vegetables, light a couple of candles, and savor the moment.

Minestrone - (serves 2)

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 tomato, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/3 cup uncooked macaroni
  • 1 (8 3/4 ounce) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • Parmesan cheese, grated (sprinkle to taste)
Bring broth to a boil in a saucepan. Add remaining ingredients except cheese. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

Don't forget to include a fresh baked loaf of french bread or a delicious chewy baguette!

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