Home Style Minestrone Soup


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.




20 min


1 hr


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