minestrone

We’ve had a slight chill in the air this week. As you might be able to tell from my last post, I’m thinking about fall. I’ve really been trying to go through my collection of cookbooks, as I have collected such a wonderful assortment over the years. This one is no exception. It’s written by Henry Hill, the notorious mobster that the film “Goodfellas” is based off of. Now, let me just say what a great “food movie” Goodfellas is. The razor thin garlic? The cannoli incident? So many good scenes. But, I digress. You get me talking about any classic mafia movie, and I could go on for days!

There are so many great recipes in this book, I diddn’t even know where to begin. After much deliberation, I decided on this wonderful minestrone. It was delicious, and a relatively easy. It wasn’t super quick as far as cooking time goes – at 2 hours. But, for me, as a general rule of thumb – a good soup can’t come together quickly. Just the way it is folks!

I like to pre-cook my pasta first. I find that it doesn’t get quite as overcooked in the leftovers that way. I used elbow macaroni in this batch – but feel free to use whatever you like or have handy. This is really a “clean your fridge” out kind of meal. Lots of room for additions and substitutions. I kind of felt like maybe it would benefit for corn? Or some canelli beans perhaps? I was out of Parmesan cheese (I know! I know!), but I’d definitely top the soup with some before serving. Or, if you happen to have a rind laying around in the refrigerator or freezer, feel free to toss that into the mix as well. Just make sure you remove it before dishing it up!

Serve with a nice green salad and some crusty bread. Perfect for the cool fall evenings we have ahead of us!

18 Comments

  1. Posted September 3, 2009 at 3:55 PM | Permalink

    Mmmm, I love minestrone! That looks delicious. And how exciting to be making a real mobster style soup! 😀

  2. Posted September 3, 2009 at 7:52 PM | Permalink

    I love minestrone especially when it’s got BACON in it! Goodfellas is a movie that’s been on my To-Watch List for MANY years now but I just haven’t found the time to do it. Maybe I’ll make this when I finally watch it!

  3. Posted September 3, 2009 at 8:27 PM | Permalink

    I love goodfellas, as well as any other mafia movie ever made. They are the only movies I will watch over and over. I also bought ingredients to make minestrone this week! Your minestrone looks awesome, very photogenic. Great dish to eat and enjoy a good movie.

  4. Posted September 3, 2009 at 11:24 PM | Permalink

    This soup looks delicious! The photograph is beautiful! And I LOVE Goodfellas! I seem to always watch it when it comes on TV though the unedited version is the best! I have always wanted to grab a razor blade and see if I can cut garlic paper thin.

  5. Posted September 4, 2009 at 12:47 PM | Permalink

    This looks great. I LOVE minestrone, even though I am not usually a big fan of tomato based soups. Mmm.

  6. Posted September 7, 2009 at 7:13 AM | Permalink

    Great photo and GoodFellas was a very good movie. I love recipes that clean out the fridge (actually last week was all about cleaning out the fridge and freezer). And it is chilly enough here in CT for the soups to starting making an appearance on the dinner table. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. Posted September 7, 2009 at 10:22 AM | Permalink

    You must be feeling a Fall chill as this delicious soup screams cool weather! Funny, last night while temps were still in the upper 80’s,I got a sudden need to make French Onion soup. I enjoyed it, while I continued to mop my brow of sweat 🙂
    Minestrone soup is an awesome soup for Fall and with Fall vegetables soon coming into season, there will be a lot of soup making going on here.

  8. Posted September 7, 2009 at 3:45 PM | Permalink

    This is definitely something my kids would love. They are extremely fond of soups and veggies.

    Happy Labor Day!
    ~ingrid

  9. Posted September 7, 2009 at 6:57 PM | Permalink

    Now that I know you are gangsta, I am slightly scared of you… and also you make delicious looking minestrone!

  10. Posted September 8, 2009 at 11:46 AM | Permalink

    I grew up eating minestrone quite often and even as an adult I enjoy every spoonful. I will have to give this recipe a try as it look mouthwatering!

  11. Posted September 8, 2009 at 9:39 PM | Permalink

    This looks good! Can you believe I’ve never seen the movie? I think it’s been on tv a few times but I never think to sit down and watch it. Maybe I need to rent it and find out what the cannoli incident is about? 🙂

  12. Posted September 8, 2009 at 10:03 PM | Permalink

    I love minestrone. Too bad it’s still in the 100s here. Come by I have an award for you.

  13. Posted September 9, 2009 at 9:30 PM | Permalink

    Goodfellas IS a great movie! I might have to pull that out of the ol’ dvd collection tonight actually.

    Speaking of great, the soup looks fantastic too. Perfect for fall weather…

  14. Posted September 11, 2009 at 1:34 PM | Permalink

    So delicious looking! I can’t wait for the weather to cool a bit.

  15. Posted September 12, 2009 at 10:11 PM | Permalink

    Minestrone is my FAVORITE type of soup! yum!!

  16. Posted September 26, 2009 at 3:08 PM | Permalink

    We just had minestrone for lunch, but sadly, it was from a can. This looks 100x better!

  17. Posted October 7, 2009 at 11:59 AM | Permalink

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  18. Posted October 20, 2009 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

    Just checking up on you 🙂

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