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CathyZ from Kauai

Mama Z's Minestrone

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Posted to Thread #30140 at 1:26 am on Feb 25, 2018

My version of Minestrone

MAMA Z'S MINESTRONE
A unique broth with no fat to skim makes this so easy and the smell of fresh soup simmering makes everybody look forward to dinner!

Simmer for 1 hour:
3 quarts water
2 bay leaves
1 head garlic, peeled
pinch of sage
2 T each thyme, oregano, basil
1 T pepper

Uncover and toss the garlic and bay leaves away. Chop a combination of any of the following vegetables to measure 4 C: potatoes, carrots, onions, broccoli, cabbage, corn, peas, cauliflower, celery, tomatoes, celery, mushrooms, spinach

Sauté the vegetables in 2 T vegetable oil in a separate pan for 10 minutes or until just browning. Add to broth. Add:
1-15 oz can kidney beans, drained
1-15 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 C broken, dry spaghetti or other pasta

Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or more. Correct seasonings (sometimes I use Better Than Boullion) then serve in bowls with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.


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