I love this recipe! I never thought of minestrone as a white soup. Lots of amazing ingredients come together so well here. Not difficult to make, but takes some time. Prep all of your ingredients so they are ready, then get comfortable with a good read a timer....add, stir, read some more. I added a bit more liquid, as the soup got to be a bit thick. Delicious.
I loved this quick, easy and flavorful soup! I would never have thought of adding Orzo, or wilting my greens in it, and I loved the addition of adding apple cider vinegar in the end. If you are used to a high salt high fat diet, then you may not like the addition of the greens or apple cider vinegar but I love the flavor, and the texture of the orzo and beans together. It made the soup stand out!
I began making Hearty Minestrone before reading the reviews that said it was inedible! Oh, well! I did use information in the reviews to make the recipe delicious. I made it a little less healthy by using 2 T olive oil instead of 2 t. Do you really need to limit healthy fat that much? I also used 1 t. kosher salt instead of 1/4 t. I did NOT use the apple cider vinegar because everyone seemed to hate that. Instead, I offered parmesan and bottles of premium olive oil and balsamic vinegar to sprinkle at the table. I used a bit of balsamic on my soup and thought it added a certain je ne sais quoi. People who say the recipe is "slimy" may be referring to the large quantity of spinach. It does have the texture of spinach and, if you don't like that, there might be a problem. You could use kale, escarole, or other greens.
I won’t be making it again.
The extreme disappointment of this soup can be avoided by eliminating one fatal ingredient- the cider vinegar. You might be able to season with a distilled white vinegar instead and still maintain that savory soup taste, but only use about half as much. The cider vinegar gives a fermented, sweet, and almost rotten taste to the whole dish. Nobody in my family would eat it. You’ll need to season with salt and pepper to taste, possibly add more broth/water, and be careful not to overcook the orzo even a few seconds. Serve immediately or put it in the fridge quick to stop it from continuing to cook, as the whole soup can get slimy quick.
Husband and I found the recipe lacking in flavor, so I went ahead and added the two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, which rendered the dish inedible. In hindsight, two tablespoons seemed a rather high amount for a dish this size.
This would was delicious and hearty just like its name! I added a squeeze of lemon to every bowl! I also did add the vinegar in the recipe. Highly recommend!
Did not add the vinegar, but it was absolutely delicious...My Husband is not a big soup eater, but he went back for seconds with this one...Thank-you :)