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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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (340g)|
|Recipe Makes: 12|
|Calories from Fat: 122 (32%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 13.6g||18 %|
|Saturated Fat 3.2g||16 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 6.7g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 2.7g|
|Cholesterol 11.6mg||4 %|
|Sodium 469.7mg||16 %|
|Potassium 1286.1mg||34 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 49.3g||15 %|
|Dietary Fiber 9.6g||38 %|
|Sugars, other 39.8g|
|Protein 17.4g||25 %|
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Calories per serving: 381
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