Garden minestrone

Yield: 1 servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Chopped onions
1 cup Chopped green peppers
3 Garlic cloves; minced
3 tablespoons Olive oil
1 cup Chopped celery
1 cup Chopped carrots
1 cup Chopped zucchini
1 tablespoon Vegetable seasoning
1 dash Cayenne pepper; or to taste
1 teaspoon Dried oregano
2 teaspoons Fresh basil
(or 1 tspn dried basil)
1½ cup Cooked white beans or garbanzo beans
½ cup Uncooked small pasta
1 cup Chopped tomatoes including juice; thawed if frozen
4 cups Water
¼ cup Chopped fresh parsley
Parmesan cheese

In a large heavy pot, saute onions, green peppers and garlic in oil until wilted. Add celery, carrots, zucchini, vegetable seasoning, cayenne, oregano and basil. Mix well. Cover and let steam for 10 minutes. Add beans, pasta, tomatoes and (if serving right away) water. Bring to a boil and simmer until vegetables are just tender. At serving time, sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan cheese.

Comments: Minestrone freezes very well. The soup can be prepared during the gardening season and frozen, omitting water to save space. Or assemble it from frozen ingredients during the winter. It can be frozen for nine months.

Recipe Source: Home & Garden TV -- Home Grown Cooking - Episode 162 Formatted for MasterCook by Nancy Berry - cwbj78a@...

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