Wednesday, November 19, 2008

NanaJane's Minestrone Soup

My mother had a wonderful way of making this soup just when we needed it most -- after a day of leaf-raking or chopping wood for the woodstove. It was such a welcome feeling to walk into the warm house and smell this wonderful soup on the stove. One bowl would turn you from chilled-to-the-bone straight into warm-n-cozy. (I think it's magic.)


1 Tbs oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup carrots, sliced
1 cup green beans
2 cup tomatoes, smashed (canned work best)
1 cup of white beans (canellini, navy, Lima etc.)
1 zucchini, cut into half-moon slices
1/4 cup fresh parsley (or1 Tbsp dry)
1 tsp basil and 1 tsp oregano, dried
1 bay leaf
8 cups of beef broth
salt and pepper to taste
4 oz. small pasta (any variety)
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic, celery and carrots for about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, except pasta and cheese, and cook over low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Cook pasta separately, then add to soup right before serving. top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Serve with nice, crusty bread.


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