bean and vegetable soup, first time around (mf)

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Soups &
Stews
Yield
8 Servings
MeasureIngredient
¼ cup Extra virgin olive oil
4 slices Bacon-- diced
2 mediums Onions, finely diced
Stalk celery, finely diced
Carrots, finely diced
Cloves garlic, minced
1 large Zucchini (2 cups), cut in 1/2" cubes
14 ounces Canned plum tomatoes (2 cups), chopped
½  Head small savoy cabbage, finely sliced
2 cups Washed spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
2 cans White beans (16 ounces each), rinsed and drained, one can beans pureed, one can beans left whole
½ cup Stemmed washed basil leaves, cut into strips
4 cups Chicken broth, preferably homemade
4 cups Water
  Salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese, approximately

Heat olive oil and bacon and cook until bacon bits are almost crisp. Add onions, celery and carrots and saute for about 10 minutes or until soft.

Add the garlic, zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage, spinach and cook for about 10 minutes longer or until wilted. (If vegetables begin to stick, add some water.)

Add the bean puree and whole beans, basil, broth, water and 1 teaspoon of salt. Bring liquid to a boil, and simmer, over low heat, stirring on occasion, for 20 minutes. Season well to taste with salt and pepper and ladle into hot deep bowls. Garnish with grated cheese to taste.

Yield: 8 servings

Copyright, 1996, TV FOOD NETWORK, G.P., All Rights Reserved NOTES : Soups, Beans & Legumes Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #321 Recipe by: COOKING MONDAY TO FRIDAY SHOW #MF6746 From: Gail Shermeyer <4paws@...> Date: Fri, 29 Nov 1996 21:23:56 -0500

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