Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Last week I went to a restaurant that's been in Fayetteville for 25 years. It's a place I pass by, but rarely stop. Like a Shoney's or a Denny's, it's just not what I'm ever hungry for... at least that's what I thought! I had lunch out last week with my Mother-in-law. She was shopping for new blinds and before we knew it, it was nearly 2pm so we needed to grab a quick bite. I think the high that day was 109, I just remember the pavement felt like a BBQ grill as we hopped out of the car and went into Village Inn.

Just inside the front doors, they have a secret weapon. Before you are seated, you have to pass right by the pie case! Rows and rows of homemade pies... Country Apple, Strawberry Rhubarb, Coconut Cream, Lemon Meringue,  Fresh Strawberry and Key Lime. If that wasn't torture enough, when I looked at the lunch menu they had a soup, sandwich and slice of pie special! It took us all of one second to decide that was JUST the thing we were hungry for!!!

When our plates came, there were generous half turkey sandwiches and  delicious bowls of minestrone soup! Our waiter timed our meal perfectly, our last bite of soup and sandwich and here he came with two slices of pie! I ordered the Strawberry Rhubarb and Mom ordered the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup. We waddled out of there, two happy campers!

 So this morning I was searching for a good recipe to make a pot of soup that will be perfect for our dinner tonight. This one comes out of the Southern Living Dinner in a Dish cookbook that I bought at Sam's Club recently.

Beef Minestrone Soup
Makes 6 servings
2/3 cup uncooked ditalini pasta (very short, tube shaped macaroni)
2 (14 oz.) cans low sodium fat free beef broth
1 (14.5 oz.) can no salt added stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 large zucchini
1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans or other white beans, drained
2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
8 oz. deli rare roast beef, sliced 1/4" thick and diced
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large saucepan, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and slice. Add zucchini, beans and Italian seasoning and pasta to boiling broth, cover and reduce heat, simmer 6 minutes. Add beef and cook 4 minutes or until pasta is tender.


  1. Looking at all of those pies do not help my low carb will power..Yikes! The soup looks so good and so easy too, a nice quick meal in minutes, thanks!

  2. Sounds like you hit the jackpot! Yum!

    Too bad those pies don't look nearly as appealing on my thighs!

  3. the pies looked wonderful...until I saw that bowl of soup - YUM!!

    I'll be making that recipe soon, thanks for sharing.

    Interesting reading - enjoy your day.

  4. Forget the sandwich...I'll just have pie, and more pie!...:)JP

  5. What restaurant was it?? I grew up in Fay'vl, and look to you and your blog as a connection to my roots. (I'm now in the Pacific NW, having left NWA in 1977.) I frequently send your blog postings to friends who are still in Arkansas (and on Beaver Lake)!

  6. Village Inn... I only mentioned the name once in the post so you may have missed it! It's a chain across the US, we just rarely go to those type of places. It was really good food!

  7. We sure don't have any Village Inn in our neck of the woods.
    The soup recipe looks yummy and easy. We love our soups, especially in the fall and winter.
    How did you ever make a decision with all those pies to chose from?
    Strawberry/rhubarb is my DHs favorite.

  8. Let's see... Village Inn - check. Southern Living Soup - check, especially since I saw the zucchini in it. I've had a bumper crop year of the green stuff and always looking for something different.

  9. Minestrone is Mister's favorite soup. I'll send him right over!

  10. I am saving that recipe. It sounds very good.

    I am always on the lookout for new soups and this one sounds super.

    Sounds like you have a very good relationship with your MIL. I have been blessed like that too.


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