kayla kakes

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Soup for date nite

Last week was our second date nite.  It was cold out, so I decided to make a minestrone soup with fresh bread made from pizza dough.  The soup was hearty, but not too heavy.  I was short on time, so I ended up cooking this at the last minute on the stove.  It took about 45 minutes to cook.  Luckily, I cooked up the ground beef the day before, so all I had to do was add it to my soup.

Minestrone Soup Recipe

Minestrone soup

– ground beef

– small pasta

– diced onion

– sliced celery

– sliced carrot

– 2 cups water

– tomato sauce

– minced garlic

– chopped spinach

– oregano

– salt and pepper

– parsley flakes

– beans, whatever type you prefer

– can of diced tomatoes, undrained

Add all ingredients to a large pot (except the pasta) and simmer for 45 minutes.  Add the pasta during the last 15 minutes of cooking.

For the bread, I kneaded in some diced onion, chopped rosemary, dry basil, and minced garlic into my fresh pizza dough.  I let it sit in a bowl with some basil olive oil for about 30 minutes before rolling out.  I rolled out the dough and put on a cookie sheet, then baked for 20 minutes in an oven set at 400 degrees.  Watch bread to make sure you don’t overcook or undercook it.  It should be just lightly browned on top.  The crust will be crispy, but the center will be soft.  Serve the bread warm with the soup.

With dinner, we had a bottle of moscato.  We tend to like sweeter wines, so this one was perfect.  Dinner was great, and the wine was a nice finishing touch.


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