Winter weather, you gotta love it. Here in Stillwater we are suppose to get as much as 10 inches of snow tonight. I’m glad I have great friends to be with on my first snow day of the year! 🙂 With weather like this, soup is a need!  My mom made this soup the last week I was home, and all 12 of us around the kitchen table loved it! I thought y’all would too! 🙂

Mom’s Minestrone

1 Tb. olive oil
1 lg. yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 1/2 c. beef broth
1/2 pkg. beef sausage, cut in half and sliced thin
1 can Northern beans, drained
2 cans Italian style tomatoes, undrained
2 c. coarsely shredded cabbage
2 lg. carrots, shredded
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 pkg. spaghetti, cut in 1/8’s
1 zucchini, halved in length and sliced

In a large saucepan saute onions in oil until tender. Add rest of ingredients except spaghetti and zucchini.

Allow the soup to simmer until for 10-15 minutes. Add spaghetti and allow to cook until tender. About 10 minutes before serving add zucchini. Serve hot with cornbread, sliced cheese and apples for an fun meal that will keep you warm through this winter storm. 🙂

Stay warm!!


onion = $0.89
beef broth= $1.65
beef sausage = $2.18
Northern beans = $0.55
Italian style tomatoes = $1.77
cabbage = $0.65
carrots = $0.45
spaghetti = $1.00
zucchini $2.23\
Total = $10.48/4 = $2.62