Into My Kitchen: Minestrone Soup

Well blogworld, today it was back to work for this sick nurse.  I’ve actually felt the best I’ve felt all week, although I did head into work bright and early and armed with cold medicine.  I wore a mask allllll day long when in patients’ rooms and blew my nose using hospital paper towels, which is essentially like rubbing sandpaper all over your face.  Maybe there is something to those tissues with Aloe, although we all know I’m too cheap to splurge on something like that!

Anyway.  I take my lunch to work with me on a daily basis, as I learned early on in my last job that eating is a luxury at work, and although I’ve become better at making myself eat (coupled with a better job that recognizes that fed nurses are happy nurses!), I still don’t trust myself to have enough time to go buy food.  So I bring my food.  Plus it’s cheaper and healthier, of course.  What did I pack in my lunch today?  Well, another portion of the abundance of soup I made earlier this week!

You see, when sick, soup is your best bet.  If you’re delirious like me, you buy canned soup and then go back to the store to buy ingredients to make your own soup.  Sorry Campbells, I went with Martha.  After spending a few hours combing through soup recipes (what else am I going to do when laying on the couch is my best bet?), I finally decided on Minestrone Soup from the great Martha Stewart. 

I followed the recipe, but Swiss chard was nowhere to be found in my NYC grocery store, so I used spinach instead.  Easy enough.  Also, it says it serves 6-8.  I’ve had six servings so far and it appears that I have like four left.  What’s in a serving??

Minestrone Soup Feb 2010 mmmm soup warms my heart

You know what I like best about soup?  You chop some stuff up and throw it in a pan.  Cook it for awhile.  Then you throw some more stuff in (usually liquid) and boil it.  Let it simmer for awhile.  Stir, add some spices.  EAT.

Anyone who says they don’t know how to cook clearly hasn’t tried.

While I think this soup was delicious, it could have used a bit more flavor (spices, turning it up a little next time).  However, this vegetarian delight was approved by a meat lover (although you can’t really insult a sick chef, that just wouldn’t be right), so I consider that a victory.

Don’t forget the side of bread for dipping!  One of the best parts.  (Carbs for the win.)

How do you pronounce Minestrone?  Minestone (cut off quick!) or MinestronEEEEEE?  Maybe this should be on that accent vlog that is going around…

Also, if you need soup anytime soon, I have plenty to go around, and I promise I didn’t cough into the pot.

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  1. says

    I say minestroneeeeeeEEEEEEEEE. but i’m from philly and we say everything kinda weird. that sound look DELISH!

  2. says

    I LOVE soup, especially minestroneeeee :) This looks delicious and I will definitely have to make it!

  3. says

    Soup is definitely the best thing when you’re feeling sick! Good for you for making your own, too. :) I say minestrone, minestroneeeeee. :)

  4. says

    RE: comment on my blog…

    Susan, I also talk to all of my sedated patients like they’re awake. Mostly because I’m sure maybe some part of them COULD hear, but also it would be a really lonely 12 hours if i I couldn’t talk haha!!! Recently, I sought out the sister of a patient (a young person with advanced ALS) who i enjoyed taking care of and always wondered about. I felt kind of weird looking for this person on Facebook, but it was so easy, and the family member was so touched and gave me a great update for a couple of days after–she told the patient and other family members. I think people appreciate knowing you do care and wonder about them, and that they’re not just another patient.

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