Winter Minestone

Submitted by on Saturday, November 8, 2008 8:24
Posted in category Soup
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This Italian soup tastes great on those cold winter nights. 

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup pearly barley
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large turnip, peeled and diced
  • 1 can red or white kidney beans
  • 2/3 cup small shell or elbow macaroni
  • 1-6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 cups finely shredded green cabbage
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 shredded jack cheese

    Directions

    • Heat oil in a 5 quart pan over medium heat.  Add onion, celery, garlic, basil, rosemary, oregano and thyme; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft (about 10 minutes.)  Add barley, potatoes, carrots, stock and turnip.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.  Mix in beans and their liquid, macaroni and tomato paste.  Bring to a boil gently until macaroni is tender (about 15 minutes.)  Add cabbage and cook, uncovered, until cabbage is crisp tender (about 5 minutes.)  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

      Notes

      • Pass the cheese at the table to sprinkle over individual servings.  Makes 8-10 servings.

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