Fresh Take on Minestrone Soup

A warm, comforting bowl of soup is perfect on a chilly day for lunch or dinner. Now that it’s finally feels like Winter in New York City, I like to make a large batch soup for Hubby and me to have for the week.

I made Rachel Khoo’s fresh take on Minestreone Soup. Her recipe is very flexible, and you can add whatever you have in your fridge and/or cupboard. It’s also fun and simple to make, especially in advance. It was so delicious, warm and comforting.

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Rachel Khoo’s Harissa Minestrone Soup
About 6-8 servings (in small bowls)



-2 cloves of garlic (minced)
-1 red onion (chopped)
-4 links of Chicken Chorizo
-2 carrots (chopped)
-1 tbs of Harissa (Chili powder is ok if you don’t have Harissa, and you can decide how much heat you’d like to add)
-1 pint of cherry tomatoes (or 1 can of cherry tomatoes)
-4 cups of Chicken Stock
-1 cup of quinoa (Rachel uses lentils, which you  can use. You can also use pasta such as elbows).
-1 cup of frozen peas



1. Add garlic, onion and chorizo in a large cooking pot. (No need to add oil as the fat from chorizo will serve as that). Cook for about 5 minutes on Medium-High heat. Give it a stir for a few times.

2. Add the carrots and give everything another stir.

3. Add the quinoa (or lentils, pasta, etc.)

4. At this point, you can add a pint or a can of cherry tomatoes. But I chose to do this at the end because I like s nice bite to my tomatoes.

5. Pour in the chicken stock, and cook the quinoa (or lentils, pasta, etc.) in the same amount of time it would take. At the 12-minute mark, add the frozen peas (and cherry tomatoes if you decide to add them at the end) and check the seasoning of the soup.

6. Taste to season and add desired amount of salt and pepper.

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This soup was so tasty, and I liked the kick from the Harissa. I also liked the colors from the veggies and nice color of the broth from the Harissa.

I’ve been eating this soup for lunch this past week at work. My co-workers raved about how good the soup looked and smelled. For a soup, it was quite filling for me, and quinoa gave me a burst energy that I usually need to get through the remainder of the day.

You can find this recipe and many others from Rachel Khoo on her YouTube channel at Happy Cooking!


All images and content © 2016 Carol Vu, unless otherwise indicated.



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