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Minestrone Soup for St. Joseph • Cooking with Catholic Kids

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Minestrone is a hearty Italian that’s perfect for celebrating our love of on his feast day March 19.

 

by Ryan Langr

 

The Most Famous Father

March 19 is the feast of St. Joseph, perhaps the most well-known father in history. But do you know why we’re celebrating with a hearty bean-filled soup?

St. Joseph’s Day is extremely popular in Italy (a tradition that carries over into many Italian-American families), and it is one of the countries that celebrates Fathers’ Day on the same day.

Just south in Sicily, St. Joseph is credited for ending a famine during medieval times. His intercession saved the island, and they cooked him a big feast in celebration and thanksgiving. The crop that ended the famine? Fava beans, of all things.

So to celebrate, we’re making a hearty soup with various beans, tomatos, beef and pasta. Since it has to stew for an hour, it’s the perfect time to spend with your fathers, and to talk about the perfect example St. Joseph is for all of us.

This soup can be made without meat, if you’re going for a completely meatless . However the beef definitely adds more depth. It’s very easy to make with children; all you need to do is stir it every 5 minutes or so. Other than that, it requires just dumping a bunch of ingredients into a large pot, something my almost 3-year-old loves to do!

Print Recipe
Minestrone Soup for St. Joseph
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 1 hour
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To cut down on cooking time, brown the meat and chop the onions, carrots, and celery the day before. Alternatively, chop the veggies while you're browning the meat.
  2. Combine all ingredients except the pasta into a large soup pot.
  3. Cook over medium heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add in the pasta, and cook until done, about 15 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and breadcrumbs or crushed croutons (optional). The bread symbolizes the sawdust of St. Joseph, and is a tradition in Italy for soups made on this day.

A Daily Example

As a husband and father, St. Joseph is a daily example to me. Sure, my wife isn’t perfect (and we all know toddlers aren’t), but I think what I love most about St. Joseph is his humility. It’s a daily reminder to me to put my wife and child first. I often wonder how Joseph would have reacted when Mary pointed out a character flaw or something that Joseph needed to work on. He probably didn’t get defensive about it. How can St. Joseph be an example for you as a parent and spouse?

 

Oh St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.

Oh St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your divine son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers.

Oh St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart. Press him in my name and kiss his fine head for me, and ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen

Follow R Langr:

R Langr is a former Faith Formation Coordinator, Youth Minister, and Music Minister. Currently, he is a full-time Stay at Home Dad to a pre-schooler. He has a wife, two cats, and growing little girl. He enjoys reading, writing, games of all kinds, spending time with his family, and cooking. He primarily contributes to "Cooking with Catholic Kids". Occasionally, he blogs about parenting at "Caffeine and Grace."

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