Autumn Minestrone Soup


*Serves 6

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, diced

6 ounces turkey or regular bacon or ham, chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes

2 (15 oz.) cans Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

½ cup chopped carrots

2 celery stalks, chopped

¼ cup chopped flat-leaf fresh parsley

2 potatoes, peeled and diced (I leave the peels on with red potatoes)

1 zucchini, diced

1 teaspoon dried thyme

3 cups chicken broth

1 cup water

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

½ cup to ¾ cup small pasta

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot until shimmering. Add the onion and bacon and sauté until the onion is translucent, stirring frequently. Add the garlic and stir, cooking for one minute. Add all the other ingredients except the pasta and simmer, stirring occasionally, partially covered for 20-30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender. Add the pasta and simmer for 10 minutes longer. Serve.