Simple Vegetable Soup

Super simple and easily customized to your own tastes.  Plain, old comfort in a bowl.  Sometimes that's all you need.   A side of warm, crusty bread wouldn't hurt either :)

Chunky Vegetable Soup
serves 4-6

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 stalks of celery, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
1 tbsp fresh thyme (sub 1- 1 1/2 tsp. dried)
sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
2 cans of diced tomatoes, undrained (15 oz)
6 cups of chicken or veggie stock
1 cup of small shaped pasta (rotini, penne, etc.)

 In a large sauce pan over medium heat add the oil.  When oil has heated add the onion, carrots, celery and cook until just soft, 10 to 15 minutes.   Add the garlic (and dried thyme if using) and cook for another 30 seconds, until garlic is fragrant.    Add the tomatoes and stock.   Simmer for 15 minutes.   Then add the pasta and cook for another 8-10 min.   Season with fresh thyme (if using) and stir.  

adapted from Butterfly Foodie