• Servings 8-10
  • Prep 20 min
  • Cook 60 min
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Home Style Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/8 lb salt pork, partially frozen
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 small turnip
  • 1 lb tomatoes
  • 1/4 small head cabbage
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tsp basil
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • 7 cups water
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup small pasta shells
  • 1 (16oz) can white beans, drained
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

 

  • Chop the salt pork, garlic, onions and parsley and add to a large pot along with the olive oil. Saute lightly until tender, but not browned.
  • coarsely chop the potatoes, turnip and tomatoes and add to the pot.
  • Thinly slice the carrots and zucchini and add to the pot along with the basil, tomato paste, water, salt and pepper. Add the red pepper flakes.
  • Simmer for about 1 hour.
  • Add pasta and beans and cook for 30 minutes longer.
  • Serve the soup topped with fresh Parmesan.

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