Mark's kick-butt minestrone soup

Yield: 1 Servings

Measure Ingredient
2 \N Stalks celery
2 tablespoons Fresh chopped Italian parsley
1 can (12 oz.) V8 juice
1 can Crushed tomatoes
6 cups Chicken stock
3 cups Beef stock
1 cup Dry white wine
3 \N Carrots, 1/4 inch slice
2 mediums Idaho potatoes, 1/2 inch dice
1 \N Chopped leek (white plus 1 inch green)
5 \N Chopped plum tomatoes
2 cups Finely sliced cabbage
1 \N Green squash, 1/4 inch slice
1 \N Yellow squash, 1/4 inch slice
2 cups Italian green beans*
1 cup Corn*
1 cup Small red beans*
1 cup Small white beans*
1 cup Garbanzos*
1 \N Coarsely chopped green pepper
2 \N Coarsely chopped onions
5 \N Cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tablespoons Lightly salted butter
\N \N Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Dried oregano
1 teaspoon Dried basil
\N \N Crushed red pepper to taste (optional)
1 quart Cooked pasta (small shells or elbows)
\N \N Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

*Canned or frozen may be substituted Preparation:

1. Melt butter in large soup pot. When melted, add minced garlic and let saute for a minute, then add leek, onion, green pepper & carrot. simmer covered for 10 or 15 minutes to wilt vegetables.

2. Add tomatoes, potatoes, celery, cabbage, squash, stock, & V8. bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

3. Add red & white beans, corn, green beans and garbanzos, and bring to a slow boil again. Add salt, pepper, oregano, basil, red pepper, wine and parsley. Let simmer for ½ hour.

4. in a separate pot bring 2 qt water to a boil. cook pasta til almost done (do not overcook, it will continue to soften in the soup). Drain pasta thoroughly and add to soup. Serve with Italian bread and garnish with grated cheese and chopped parsley.

Posted to FOODWINE Digest 22 Jan 97 by =Mark <mstevens@...> on Jan 22, 1997.

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