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Princeton Jct./West Windsor, New Jersey, United States
I am the wife of a wonderful husband and the mom of 3 super adult kids. I happily taught preschool for 25 years and now spend much of my time indulging in my "Quilty Pleasures."

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Soup-athon

Minestrone





  2  cloves         garlic, minced
1/2 C                chopped onion
  1 T                 olive oil
  1 C                 chopped yellow sweet pepper
1 1/4 C             coarsely chopped zucchini
 28 oz               beef broth
 15 oz               cannellini (white kidney) beans,
                             rinsed and drained
  8 oz                green beans, trimmed and cut into
                             1 1/2-inch pieces
  1 C                 dried mostaccioli pasta
  1/4 C              coarsely chopped fresh basil or
                           2 t dried basil, crushed
   2                   medium tomatoes coarsely chopped or
                            1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes
   2 C                fresh baby spinach leaves
   1/4 C             shaved Parmesan cheese


1.  In a large pot cook garlic and onion in hot oil until tender, stirring occasionally.  Add sweet pepper, zucchini, beef broth, and 2 cups water.  Bring to boiling.  Add cannellini beans, green beans, pasta and dried basil (if using.)  Return to boiling; reduce heat.  Simmer, covered, for 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.

2.  Stir in tomatoes, spinach, and fresh basil (if using.)  Remove from heat.  Season to taste with salt and black pepper.  If desired, top with shaved Parmesan cheese. 


    Whenever possible use fresh ingredients.  This is a very healthy soup!


Until Next Time.....Happy Stitching!!!

Sharyn

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