I know this is your month to choose winners and our final project(s) of the year, so I'll just get right down to business with my one and only responsibility: the recipe.
Friends, I don't know if you all have embraced the de-stashing theme here, but I dig it. I am in a constant state of de-stashing something; the garden, my closet, all that crap under the kitchen sink - you name it. If I can't close a drawer or find an earring backing - I start de-stashing.
Clutter BUGS, y'all. You know.
Anyway, since this is our last official ~a long sanctioned trip through the de-stashing machine, I want to do up our recipe right. Which means I want to de-stash the HELL out of my fridge because what with the final harvest from my garden and two weeks of farm share stacked up in the crisper from our out-of-town-ness (more to come on that soon), we RULLY need to do something impressive.
Otherwise, the carrots, they will kill us all.
|And get a load of those ugly tomatoes. Ugly but delicious.|
Of course, that means soup. There's no better way to get rid of two tons of disparate vegetables, leftover dregs of pasta and HEY! FUN! a random can of beans than to make soup. And I suppose I barely needed a recipe for a soup with vegetables, pasta and beans since that is the magic behind your standard minestrone, but I do like my recipes and so I found one that suited the amount of fucking with it that I was itching to do.
Thankfully The Pioneer Woman doesn't know that I bastardize her recipes to suit my own smoky rendered beef goodness version.
Though, I don't think she'd have too much trouble with that part, given her love for pork and butter and such.
Anyway, this time around I settled on her Roasted Vegetable Minestrone with my own beefy whole wheat twistiness.
Specifically, make her recipe except:
- Sub the random summer squash you have lingering in the fridge for the zucchini she calls for
- Sub the ugly final harvest tomatoes for canned, making sure to get all the juices into the soup
- Sub whole wheat dried pasta shells for plain old pasta
- Add a wedge of frozen rendered smoked beef fat to the final product and stir in around until it's all mingled and melted in with the soup
|It ain't pretty and that matters not in the world of DELICIOUS.|
|Well enough alone isn't my style anyway.|
It's super good though - so try it out. And de-stash your fridge and garden and pantry or the nearest grocery store that has all the things you want in your minestrone.
|Can I say it? De-stashing never tasted so good? Yeah. I said it.|
Which, can you believe? Another year - a FOURTH YEAR - of ~a longing? That's craziness.