MINESTRONE

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. shin beef w/ bone
  • 1 c. dried navy beans
  • 5 qts. water
  • 2 Tb. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c. diced celery
  • 2 c. finely shredded cabbage
  • 1 1/2 c. diced carrots
  • 1 med. potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Tb. parsley flakes
  • 1/2 lb. ground chuck
  • 1 1/2 c. thinly sliced fresh or frozen zucchini or small yellow squash
  • 1 c. frozen loose-pack green beans
  • 1 1/2 c. broken-up uncooked spaghetti
  • grated Parmesan or Romano cheese*
  • basil leaves**
  • Kay's notes: *Use freshly grated Parmesan or Romano
  • ** Fresh basil makes this even better!!!! Wow!!!

Directions

  • Place shin beef, beans, water salt and pepper in lrg. kettle. Cover and simmer 3 hours. (This may be done a day ahead.)
  • Remove meat from mixture and cut meat from bones. Add meat to soup. Add onion, garlic, celery, cabbage, carrots, potato and parsley.
  • Brown ground chuck and add to mixture. Cover and simmer 'til veg. are tender, about 30 min. Add squash, green beans and spaghetti. Simmer 'til spaghetti is cooked, about 10 -15 min. Taste for seasonings; you may wish to add an additional Tb. salt. Serve in bowls and sprinkle with cheese and a pinch of dried basil leaves.
  • Makes about 7 qts.
  • Kay's notes: *Use freshly grated Parmesan or Romano
  • ** Fresh basil makes this even better!!!! Wow!!!

Notes

I found this recipe years ago in a Farm Journal Cookbook. It is still one of the best recipes for Minestrone I've found. It's great with fresh baked bread and it freezes very well.

Enjoy!!

(o:Kay:o)

Categories: Main Dish  Misc. Soup/Stew  Soup 
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