Minestrone & Cornbread

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Evan and I noticed it's starting to feel like fall here in the Bay Area. 

He left before me this morning and proceeded to send me that text. It just smells like fall. You know what I'm talking about right?! Just a crisp smell and cool air. With fall comes my favorite meal.

If ice cream is my favorite dessert, soup is definitely my favorite main dish. I could have it every day and never, ever, get sick of it. It's just so comforting. I love it!

With the changing of seasons upon us, I just couldn't wait any longer. I had to make soup this week. Had to!

Like all the recipes I post, this one is simple! It packs a lot of flavor also, which is important! I served cornbread alongside the minestrone.

I cheated and used a boxed mix from Trader Joe's for the cornbread. I did reduce the oil content but subbing applesauce for half of the oil. 

If you're ready for fall, go ahead and make this soup. Or if you're like me and just love soup - go ahead and make it also! 

Minestrone sans Pasta
The Granola Chronicles Original

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
3 carrots, sliced
2 small zucchini, cubed
1 1/2 cups green beans, trimmed & cut into 1 inch pieces
1 - 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 - 32 ounce carton low sodium vegetable broth
1 15 ounce can cannellini beans
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
smoked sea salt & pepper, to taste

In a large stock pot over medium heat, heat the oil and onion, celery and carrots for 5-8 minutes. Add zucchini and green beans - heat for additional 5 minutes.

Pour in tomatoes and vegetable broth. Cover with lid, bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Simmer for 25 minutes. Add beans and seasonings - replace lid and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Enjoy!

Evan and I are actually having leftovers tonight, and I'm super excited! I think we're planning to go out for a few drinks later this evening. Evan is officially on summer break - Stanford runs on the quarter system, so he doesn't start classes until the end of September. We're going to go celebrate the start of his break!

Thinking of everyone on the East Coast - may you stay safe!

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