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Minestrone

No recipe image available.This traditional Italian vegetable, bean and pasta soup will satisfy the hungriest appetites.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (15-ounce) can dark or light red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup cabbage, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
1/2 pound green string beans, cut into 1/2 inch lengths, or canned green beans, drained
1 potato, diced
1 (16-ounce) can tomatoes, undrained and chopped
8 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup elbow macaroni or other small pasta
1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a large stockpot, over medium heat, heat olive oil and sauté onion and garlic until soft. Do not brown.
  2. Add cabbage, celery, carrot, string beans, and potato and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add tomatoes and stock and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add beans and pasta. Cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is slightly chewy.
  5. Season with salt and peppers.
  6. Serve hot with a spoonful of Parmesan cheese over each serving.

Makes 12 servings.

Recipe provided courtesy The Michigan Bean Commission.