Kristine's Kitchen - Minestrone Alla Casalinga

By Kristine Mencias | October 15, 2016 |   One of my favorite soups is the Italian classic, Minestrone. In this week's col...




By Kristine Mencias | October 15, 2016 |  

One of my favorite soups is the Italian classic, Minestrone. In this week's column, we will prepare this classic and hearty homestyle soup.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup white nay beans
3 tbsps olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2 cloves crushed garlic
2-3 slices of bacon
4 fresh tomatoes, skinned, seeded and chopped
7 1/2 cups of water
1 tsp fresh chopped marjoram
1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
2 diced carrots
1 diced small turnip
1-2 stalks finely sliced celery
3 cups shredded cabbage
2 small diced potatoes
1/2 cup macaroni or pasta shells
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
salt, pepper
grated parmesan cheese

Optional: fresh basil and oregano

Procedures:

Soak beans overnight. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan, add the onions, garlic, and bacon and saute for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes and navy beans

Add the water, marjoram, and thyme and simmer for about 2 hours

Add the carrot, cook for about 10 minutes, then add the potatoes and turnip.

Cook for a few more minutes, then add the celery, cabbage, and the pasta. Cook until the vegetables and pasta are tender, then add parsley and salt and pepper to taste.

Stir in 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese and offer extra cheese when serving.

Serve with a nice glass of Chianti and crusty Italian bread and you will have a hearty meal that will have you going back for seconds!






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