Classic Minestrone Soup
Warm, tangy, spicy, and filling. This classic Italian soup combines vegetables, beans and pasta for it's hardy goodness."OK I don't usually post about Recipes, but THIS one, is an AWARD winner!!! I am cooking it now and Now I know why you call it Big Bowl, LOL. This soup is hearty and will FEED a family of five, Plus a big man. and still have lunch for kids tomorrow. WOW, it smells great and I know my soups. though I did ass one yellow squash, tons of spices, and a mix of dried beans, did white beans other day in the White Chili which was Also a winner. But This, Is the BEST Ministrone soup! bravo!!!" - Goodgriefagain
Yield: 12 Ready in 45 minutes
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|1 poundWhite beans; dried northern|
|1/2 cupVegetable oil|
|5 slicesBacon; chopped|
|2 clovesGarlic; chopped|
|1 largeOnion; chopped|
|4 mediumCarrots; diced|
|6 stalksCelery; diced|
|8 ouncesPlum tomatoes; (One can)|
|1/4 cupBasil; chopped, fresh|
|1 tablespoonParsley; chopped, fresh|
|2 cupPotatoes; peeled & diced|
|4 mediumZucchini; diced|
|1/2 poundGreen Beans; cut into 1/2" pieces|
|1 smallSavoy cabbage; shredded|
|2 quartsBeef broth|
|1 cupElbow Macaroni Noodles; or uncooked rice|
|1/2 cupParmesan cheese; grated or shredded|
|1 dashSalt; to taste|
Classic Minestrone Soup Preparation
Cover washed beans with water; soak overnight.
In a small skillet, cook oil, bacon, garlic and onion over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain beans and put into a large pot; add bacon-onion mixture, carrots, celery, tomatoes and juice, basil, parsley, potatoes, zucchini, green beans, cabbage and broth; cover and simmer 4 hours. Add the macaroni (or rice) about 1 hour before serving
Before serving, add pepper and salt then top with Parmesan cheese.
Serve with a good Italian or garlic bread.
Spinach or Swiss chard can be substituted for cabbage.
Canned beans can be substituted for dried or fresh beans.
Add chunks of browned Italian sausage for a more robust version
Drop the bacon and use vegetable broth for a vegetarian version
A small bowl makes a great start to an Italian meal. A large bowl can be a meal all by itself.
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