most chilly fall/winter days you can find this soup at our house. we all love soup and this is a definite favorite, so i thought i'd share.
two-three tablespoons olive oil, two celery stalks, three small zucchini, one whole yellow onion, three (decent size) cloves of garlic, three-four cups (or two cans) of diced tomatoes with juices, two cups (or one can) kidney beans rinsed well, two cups (or one can) canellini/white-kidney beans rinsed well, two-three cups of vegetable broth, sea salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes.
the how to:
(first) warm the olive oil in a soup pot & chop up the celery, zucchini, onion and press or mince the garlic. cook/sauté these things over medium heat for a little bit. when the onions start turning translucent and the celery and zucchini become tender-ish it is time to add more ingredients. (next) add the tomatoes, beans and broth. continue to cook at medium-medium high heat for 15-20 minutes or so to let all of the flavors... i almost typed collide, but that sounds weird... you know, to let it all come together and turn into soup. (lastly) add the sea salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste (it's not intended to be a spicy soup, one or two shakes of red pepper flakes just make it a little extra good).
eat it with:
a panini (as shown above) or toasted garlic bread, or any other way you like to eat bread. definitely eat it with bread. sourdough is my favorite!