This hearty Tuscan soup is a delicious dinner recipe that’s the perfect meal on a fall or winter night.
Each year when the holiday shopping season approaches, I find myself looking for unique gifts for my children. I prefer to give experiences and long-lasting gifts that won’t end up in the “broken toy” pile by mid-January.
I was so excited to learn about the seasonal cooking kits from Cooking’s Cool. This is exactly the kind of thing I’m looking for when I shop during the holidays. My daughter loves to cook, and I can only fit so many new donut pans and pasta machines in my kitchen cabinets.
The cooking kits from Cooking’s Cool are full of everything a child needs to make cooking healthy food fun. They start with a Cooking’s Cool storybook that includes several seasonal recipes. In addition, the kits include two recipe cards with shopping lists and featured recipes that are perfect for kids to cook. Younger kids can help with the easier steps, while older children can make the whole recipe by themselves.
The kit also includes lots of extras to make the cooking experience special. My daughter loved pulling her hair back with the bandana and donning the Cooking’s Cool bracelet while she made the Tuscan soup. We both enjoyed the Spotify playlist that came with the kit. It includes everything from “Let It Go” to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The fun music put us in the mood for cooking.
The kit also comes with a little shopping bag, a seasonal craft, and an iron-on patch. I can’t think of anything else I would put in a kit that’s designed to inspire a love of cooking in children. This is a great gift for a young child or tween, and it’s a gift that keeps on giving. Once your children know how to cook, you can put them to work in the kitchen!
My daughter made the Tuscan soup from the Cooking’s Cool Winter Cooking Kit all by herself. We adapted the recipe a bit based on what we had on hand in our pantry. This is the great thing about Tuscan soup. You can easily build off the basic recipe to come up with your own hearty version. But if you like to stick to the script, the Tuscan soup recipe that came in the kit is delicious and flavorful just as it’s written.
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 3 carrots sliced
- 4 stalks of celery sliced
- 3 tbs tomato sauce
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups cooked cannellini beans
- 2 cups baby kale
- 1 cup small whole grain pasta
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese for garnish
In a large pot, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat for 2 minutes.
Add the carrots and celery, and saute until tender.
Add the chicken broth and tomato sauce. Bring the soup to a boil.
Add the beans, kale, and pasta. Return the soup to a low boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer until the pasta is cooked and everything is tender (about 15 minutes).
Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm in soup bowls, and garnish with grated Parmesan.
This recipe is adapted from the Cooking’s Cool Winter Cooking Kit. The original recipe can be found in the kit.
Consider the seasonal cooking kits from Cooking’s Cool when you’re shopping for holiday gifts this year. You’ll get a gift out of it, too. Who doesn’t love a night off from cooking dinner while the kids do all the work?