Make : Grow : Thrift

Each Monday you can link to a post on your blog sharing with us something that is handmade, homegrown, homemade (such as a recipe) or recycled/thrifted.

This does not need to be craft or sewing based. This is all about making our lives a little greener week by week.

This week I'm sharing a family Sunday night favourite - Chickpea Minestrone.  The last thing I really want to do on a Sunday evening after a busy weekend is think about preparing dinner, so I usually prepare it first thing in the morning so it can be reheated later that evening.

It's quick, easy and is great for using up left over vegies from the week past. Our version is vegetarian but you could also add bacon.

Chop onions (I used spring as that's what was in the fridge), garlic and saute for a few minutes.
Add chopped vegies such as zucchini, capsicum, carrot, celery and add to pot.  Cook for a few more minutes.
Stir in 1 - 2 tbs of tomato paste and cook one more minute.
Add tin of tomatoes - I only use organic.  (did you know that many popular Australian brands add a firming agent (509) to the tins.  It's not really harmful - but is it really necessary???)
Add tin of drained & rinsed chickpeas, a good 1 1/2 litres of vegie stock, 1 cup of Risoni pasta or whatever you have on hand.
Flavour with seasoning if that's your thing and add fesh or dried herbs.  I used fresh basil, oregano & chives.
Serve hot with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Did you have something that was Made : Grown : Thrifted this week? 
Please share below, we would love to hear about it. 

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Piece Unique said...

I've been wrapping up a cowboy scarf "production line" this week, and looking after my boys who are both on hol :)

Calico Child said...

Hi Jodie that sounds & looks so yummy I will definitely try that one been making soup all last week as my hubby had three wisdom teeth out (OUCH)!!

Kelly @ Polkadot Lane said...

I love minestrone! Especially in winter with fresh, home-baked!