Cosmic Cafe logo

Gary's Heavenly Soups
Delicious and healthy recipes
World's Best Minestrone
The secret to making the world's best minestrone is to roast the vegetables first. Tastes great and is incredibly healthy.

Minestrone soup
Veggies, beans and pasta make this minestrone a meal in a bowl

Soup ingredients:
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 large fennel bulb, cored and coarsely chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 large red pepper, coarsely chopped
3 large carrots, sliced (not too thin)
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
2 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise, then sliced (not too thin)
1 summer squash, sliced the same as zucchini
1 28-oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 15-oz. can undrained cannelloni beans
1 15-oz. can undrained red kidney beans
3/4 cup uncooked ditalini (or other small pasta)
4 cups chicken stock/broth (may need more)
2 tsp. Mrs. Dash Italian Medley
1/4 cup grated parmesian cheese
Salt & pepper to taste

-Preheat oven to 450F.
-In a large bowl, toss fennel, red pepper, carrots, onion, zucchini, summer squash and garlic with oil, salt and pepper. Spread on baking sheet. Roast veggies 30 minutes, stirring around every 10 minutes.
-While veggies cook, bring pot of salted water to boil, add pasta and cook al dente, drain, rinse and set aside
-When veggies are done, transfer them to a large soup pot. Add diced tomatoes, cannelloni and red beans with their liquid, chicken stock/broth and Italian spices. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Give it an occasional stir.
-Add pasta and parmesian. Reduce reduce heat to low and let it sit for a half-hour or so to blend flavors. Thin with extra broth or water.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe makes about 8 pints. Enjoy!
For more recipes, check out the
Heavenly Soup Kitchen
Body by Isagenix
Body by Isagenix
    I started cooking healthy soups to eat for lunch about the same time I began using Isagenix supplements. Both were attempts to improve my health and help me to age youthfully. And it works! At 61, I feel like a kid and am still playing rugby with guys half my age.
    Exercising regularly and eating right are a good start, but to really optimize your health you probably need more. Isagenix products are designed to give your body the building blocks it needs to remove toxins and develop lean muscle mass. And the side effect is weight loss.
    Besides improving health, Isagenix is also the fastest growing network marketing company in the nation, so there’s a great home-based business opportunity, too. If getting healthy – and wealthy – without drastic lifestyle changes interests you, email and/or watch a short video by clicking  on the banner below.
Isagenix logo

To travel to the Cosmic Cafe's home page,
 hop on the flying saucer!

UFO spinning