I've been trying to stick to healthy eats lately, and really wanted a thick soup with loads of veggies. So I found this "base recipe" for the main ingredients to create minestrone soup and then, of course, added my own adjustments. I did not measure everything, so judge the following by how thick and hearty or thin and soupy you want the dish to be.
*Note: finely chop your vegetables to ensure they are soft and well-cooked. Thick ones might still retain crunchiness if not left to stew long enough.
1 or 2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cups vegetable broth
1 can red kidney beans, drained
Palmful of Italian herbs
Bay Leaf (I didn't have those, so left it out and didn't notice)
Salt & Pepper
And like any good summer meal, it's always best with an ice cold lemonade and Crown. Mmm mmm!