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ITALIAN MINESTRONE

Minestrone is a vegetable soup originating from Italy. It is usually made out of whatever vegetables are in season. It can be a vegetarian dish, it could also contain meat or a meat based broth like chicken stock. Bean broth is argued to be the base of a minestrone and that Borlotti beans also called Roman beans are the beans to use for a genuine minestrone.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup dried beans

1/4 lb. salt pork, diced

1 cup carrots, diced

1 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup onions, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

1 bay leaf

1/4 tsp. thyme

1 qt. soup stock

1 cup elbow macaroni

1 cup tomatoes, canned or fresh

1/2 cup grated cheese

1/4 cup parsley, chopped

(boiling water, if needed)

 

DIRECTION:

Soak dried beans overnight. Drain, cover with fresh water, bring to boil and cook 30 minutes. Drain.

Fry salt pork for few minutes, add carrots, celery, onion, garlic; simmer 5 minutes.

Add soup stock and seasonings; cook 15 minutes more.

Add macaroni, cook until tender.

Add boiled beans, tomatoes (add boiling water if more liquid is needed).

Add parsley.

Sprinkle cheese over each portion.

ENJOY !!!

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