Friday, November 9, 2012

November 9- Hearty Rice Minestrone

Finally, a cold rainy afternoon!
 Nothing warms you up better than snuggling up indoors and eating a warm bowl of homemade soup. This soup is an easy, quick, delicious meal, perfect for a chilly day. 

           Hearty Rice Minestrone 

1 can (13.75 oz) chicken broth
2 1/2 cups water
1 can (28oz) crushed tomatoes
1 cup instant whole-grain brown Minute Rice
1 can (15.25 oz) kidney beans, drained
1 10oz pkg frozen mixed vegetables
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
1/4 tsp black pepper
3 small potatoes (optional)

Bring broth, water, and tomatoes to a boil in a large saucepan on med-high heat. 
If you are using potatoes, cut them into desired size and add them to the pot. 
Allow potatoes to cook a few minutes to begin softening. 
Stir in remaining ingredients and return to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 more minutes. Stir.

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