In the winter we always start our diet and there is nothing better than some comfort food to kick it off. That's when I always love a bowl of hot minestrone soup. There is just something about it that aids the heart and soul.
Add the oil, onion, garlic, carrots, and celery to a large pot. Stir and saute until the garlic is fragrant and the veggies begin to tenderize.
Pour in the beef stock and bay leaves. Bring it to a boil.
Add in the tomatoes, kidney beans, noodles, asparagus, salt, pepper, basil, and Italian seasoning. Stir, place a lid on, and allow to simmer until the noodles are tender. This should take about 10 to 12 minutes.
Ladle the soup into a bowl, serve, and enjoy your minestrone soup.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.
Minestrone soup can contain any veggies you have on hand. Feel free to add your own. I usually add what I have left over from the Holidays.
I don't like adding meat to the recipe, but you can if you wish.
The seasoning is optional as well.