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Old 11-30-2014, 03:13 PM
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Default Karen's Minestrone Soup

Here's a recipe for minestrone soup that I have developed over the years. You can use any kind of small dried bean, but I wouldn't use limas. And today, I'm adding ricotta meatballs, but it's good without any added meat. Sorry I don't have a picture, but I'll try to remember to get one today.

KAREN'S MINESTRONE SOUP


˝ cup dried kidney beans
˝ cup dried garbanzo beans


Quick soak the beans (bring to a boil, let boil vigorously for two minutes, cover and let soak for two hours)


4 slices bacon, diced
4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1 medium onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 cups diced tomatoes with juice (canned or fresh)
3 cups beef or vegetable broth
Parmesan cheese rind(s)
2 tsp Italian seasoning (oregano, basil, thyme, fennel)


Saute bacon until crisp, remove from pan, crumble and set aside. Add olive oil if necessary and soften vegetables over medium high heat. Add seasoning, tomatoes, broth, cheese rind and beans to pot. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for two hours, until beans are beginning to soften.


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1/2 cup green beans, cut into 1/2 inch lengths
1/2 cup diced zucchini
1 cup thinly sliced cabbage
˝ cup dry small pasta
salt and pepper to taste


Bring back to boil and simmer for another half hour. Add the crumbled bacon back to the pot. Serve with additional grated Parmesan.
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Default Re: Karen's Minestrone Soup

This sounds really good, and I'm not a big minestrone (GASP) fan. Will have to give this a try to see if it changes my perspective on it.
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Default Re: Karen's Minestrone Soup

One of the things that makes this version stand out for me is using the Parmesan rind...I scored some Parmigiano-Reggiano at Costco last week (not always easy to find here), and I think it makes a big difference. Smells good while it's cooking!
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The soup turned out great...

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OH YUM!!! I just ate and I'm hungry again!
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This sounds really good, and I'm not a big minestrone (GASP) fan. Will have to give this a try to see if it changes my perspective on it.
Yeah, but Sattie, Karen puts BACON in hers!

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Hooray for bacon!!!
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Soup looks great! I'm intrigued by the ricotta meatballs too.
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Let me get a "WHOOP WHOOP" for bacon! That was one of the ingredients along with the meat balls that got me interested!
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Default Re: Karen's Minestrone Soup

Those meatballs are from AllRecipes, Chef John's ricotta meatballs. I don't fry them, however. I bake them at 375F for about 20 minutes, then let them cool and freeze part of them for future yums. They are very tender and delicious.
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