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Minestrone Recipe

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This recipe for Minestrone, by , is from The Wright Family Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Jennifer Beaumont
Added: Saturday, March 15, 2008


Cooked Beans: 1-2 cups Great Northern, Kidney, or cannelloni

Vegetables: Chopped onion
Parsley 2 Tbsp - 1/4 cup
Zucchini, chopped or sliced
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen mixed veggies or 2 cups raw, chopped
1/2 to 2 celery, chopped
yellow squash, strips or chopped
1 cup french cut green beans
1/2 cup coarsely chopped cabbage
1 small potato, diced

Tomatoes: Tomato paste or 1-2 cups stewed, fresh, or canned

Broth: 2 - 6 cups Chicken or beef broth (or equivalent water with 1 tsp. bouillon per cup of water.)

Seasonings: Salt & pepper
1 tsp. Italian seasoning or 1/2-1 tsp. basil &/ or oregano

Noodles: 1/3 - 1 cup small noodles such as
shell, bowties, elbow
or angel hair, vermicelli, spaghetti broken into 2" pieces
or 3 sheets no cook lasagna noodles soaked in warm water 15 min. then cut into (star) shapes with cookie cutter (put in last 5 min.)

If not using canned beans, cook beans according to directions.

May saute in 1 - 3 Tbsp. of oil the following: onion, celery, carrot, garlic and/ or parsley until tender.

I generally skip the sauteing step and just cook the vegetables in the broth for 15 to 30 min. simmering. Add undrained tomatoes, noodles, beans and anything else you need to cook for an additional 5 to 10 min. or so. Can also add cooked sausage, bacon, or gr. beef.

Can freeze for up to 4 months.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Sorry this is not much of a recipe! It is my combination of several minestrone recipes I have found. I don't mind it turning out a little different each time. It is so good and fun that way! Use your own favorite combinations! I like that I can generally have most of the ingredients in my food storage supply--dry onion, dry parsley, etc. But of course, it is fun to use fresh stuff now and then too! Also, this is great for using that zucchini and squash from your garden!




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