Rainy Days and Veggie Soup.


Today was cold. And rainy. And cloudy, and a Friday. So what does that mean in the Jet-Set Family home? It means UGG boots and soup. I’ve told myself a million times to prepare big pots of soup and freeze them for days like this, but do you think I would listen to my own advice? Of course not. I never do. I suppose one day I’ll learn, but once again armed with goloshes, I found myself in the aisles of Whole Foods grabbing ingredients for Veggie Soup. Not that that is a bad thing or anything. You see, it doesn’t snow here in Southern California so I have to take ‘winter storms’ when I can get them. Only in small doses though. Just long enough, 24 hours is perfect.

What to grab:

  • Olive Oil
  • Whole String Beans
  • White Mushrooms
  • Red Wine
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Celery (optional)
  • Basil
  • Low Sodium Vegetable (or Chicken) Broth.
  • Tomato Paste
  • Corn (I use a can of sweet kernels. Don’t judge.)
  • Tortellini


The wonderful thing about this recipe is that you can toss in any mixture of veggies you like. I promise there is no way to mess it up! I’ve had friend mix in some cabbage and zucchini, while  others have even added chicken.

How to make:

  1. Heat oil in a pan on Medium with some garlic and chopped onions.
  2. Add sliced carrots, mushrooms, green beans and (drained) corn. Continue to saute for about 3 minutes. Be careful not to burn.
  3. Mix in the tomato paste, oregano, basil, and generously pour in some red wine. Stir until the ingredients look like a sauce.
  4. Add broth and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
  5. Lower the heat, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  6. Toss in tortellini, cook for another 10. and DONE!
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.

    Hugs & passports,

    – Nicole

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