Minestrone

Minestrone
Minestrone

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    pound dried white beans (I use great northern beans)

  • 2

    (14 1/2 ounces each) cans chicken or beef broth

  • 8

    cups water

  • 1/2

    pound salt pork, cut into thick slices

  • 1/2

    cup olive oil

  • 1

    cup onion, chopped

  • 1

    (8 ounces) can tomato sauce

  • 1

    (28 1/2 ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes, broken up

  • 1

    cup celery, chopped

  • 1

    cup carrots, chopped

  • 2

    cups peeled, potatoes, diced

  • 1

    cup of any or all of the following: chopped leeks, diced zucchini, green beans, sliced in small pieces, wax beans, sliced in small pieces, peas, coarsely chopped cabbage

  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

  • grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

In large stockpot combine dried beans with broth and water. Bring to a boil. Remove any scum from surface. Boil for 2 minutes and then remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 1 hour. Return to stove and add salt pork. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 2 hours, or until beans are tender. Drain and save stock; discard salt pork. Reserve half the beans and puree remaining in a blender. In same stockpot heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and cook until soft and golden. Add bean puree and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add reserved stock, reserved beans, tomato sauce, tomatoes, and vegetables. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 ½ - 2 ½ hours. Taste and add salt and pepper. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese. Makes about 6 ½ quarts

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