For this post, we have partnered with ALDI to share one of my favorite low-fuss, hearty soup recipes using delicious seasonal ingredients.
What can I say? The two go hand and hand. Growing up on the east coast, I dreamt of snow days. Well not really the snow shoveling part, but nothing was better than having the day off from school. As I got older, the thought of having no reason to leave home and with a valid excuse to stay in my PJs all day and binge guilt-free on daytime television was Heaven. These types of days don’t exist in Southern California, so I pray for the next best thing. Days like today, it’s raining harder than I’ve seen it rain in a long time, but of course it’s not on the weekend when I can sack out and bing on Lifetime. I’ll never quite get it, but for some reason, sweet Mother Nature is against rain on weekends in this part of the world. And never does it rain for more than 24 hours. Until this week…
Today was cold, as in torrential downpour cold. Of course this family comes ill equipped with umbrellas and raincoats so I dodged water falling from the sky in my leather biker jacket and creepers which were great for puddle jumping. I was on a mission, and the rain wasn’t going to stop me. I was hightailing it for ALDI so I could make a giant pot of my favorite soup and enjoy it all weekend long.
ALDI goes back-to-basics. I love low-fuss shopping which keeps costs down. They tend to be on the smaller side of grocery stores, but that doesn’t stop from having the best high-quality ingredients available which I appreciate. It also allows me to cruise the aisles quickly, finding what I need easily and be out within minutes. This is a huge plus for our crazy lifestyle. ALDI is so confident in the quality of their products that they offer a Double Guarantee: If for any reason customers don’t like an ALDI exclusive brand food, they’ll give their money back and replace the product.
It’s the best recipe to freeze for unexpected rainy days like today, but do you think I take my own advice? Pfffft. Never. I suppose one day I’ll learn, but once again armed with galoshes, I found myself in the aisles of ALDI grabbing the freshest ingredients I can find for veggie soup. Which if I may add saves me a bundle. Every ingredient for this particular low-fuss recipe can be found at ALDI with a much lower price tag.
Specifically, when we’re discussing oils and pasta. The same box of Barilla pasta will easily run me $2.49 a box when I can come home with same package of ALDI noodles for $1.19. Using Carlini Olive Oil is the biggest savings clearly nearly $5.00 when comparing it to a bottle of Bertolli. I still can’t believe I can enjoy my favorite dish for a fraction of the cost without sacrificing the flavor. That’s what’s so amazing about ALDI Try & Tell campaign, it’s almost impossible because everything tastes so great!
You might not believe it, but this hearty Vegetable Soup is my healthy comfort food and I love it for many reasons. It’s a meal we can eat year round because it is just as delicious during Football Sunday as it is on stormy days, and in the summer when served cold, it makes a killer gazpacho!
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- 2 Tablespoons Carlini Olive Oil
- 1/2 cup of Whole String Beans (diced)
- 1 Package White Sliced Mushrooms
- 1 Cup of Earth Harvest Merlot
- Two Garlic Cloves (minced)
- 1/4 cup Onion Flakes
- 1 Cup of quartered Fresh Carrots
- 2 Tablespoons of Basil
- Low Sodium Vegetable (or Chicken) Broth.
- 1 Can of SimpleNature Tomato Paste
- 2 Ears of Sweet Corn
- 1 Bag Priano Pipe Rigate Pasta
- 2 Cartons of SimplyNatural Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth
- The wonderful thing about this recipe is that you can toss in any mixture of veggies you like. I promise there is no way to mess it up! I've had friend mix in some cabbage and zucchini, while others have even added chicken.
- Heat oil in a pan on medium heat with garlic and chopped onions.
- Add sliced carrots, mushrooms, green beans and corn. Continue to sauté for about 3 minutes. Be careful not to burn.
- Mix in the tomato paste, oregano, basil, and generously pour in some red wine. Stir until the ingredients look like a sauce.
- Add broth and bring to a boil for 10 minutes.
- Lower the heat, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Toss in pasta, cook for another 10. and DONE!
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- This is a sponsored post on behalf of ALDI