Well we are back and trying to catch up!
This next one was sent in by Paula - the insane cook
Minestrone Soup and Garlic Bread
(Beware there are lots of ingredients here!)
- 1 lb Beef (ground or stew beef, chopped up )
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Onion, chopped
- 3 Carrots, washed, peeled and chopped
- 3 Celery Stalks, chopped
- 4 Cloves Garlic, chopped
- 1/4 head of Savoy Cabbage, cored and shredded (cut into 4 equal parts, use 1 part)
- 1 Medium size Zucchini, chopped
- 1/2 Cup Whole Dried Peas
- 7 Whole peeled Tomatoes, chopped (can may be used)
- 9 Cups Chicken Stock ( homemade or purchased)
- 1/2 Cup small pasta (Orzo or broken spaghetti)
- 1 Can Dried beans (Cannelli)
- 1/2 Cup Pinto & Kidney Beans Each
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley (leafy)
- 3 Tablespoons Fresh Marjoram,minced
- 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt (adjust to taste)
- 2 Tablespoons Black Pepper ( adjust to taste)
- 2 Teaspoons Fresh Basil
- 2 Tablespoons Barley
- 1/2 Cup Worcester Sauce
- Heat oil in large pot, over medium high heat. Add onions, garlic, and beef.
- Cook until beef is browned.
- Add Chicken stock, Worcester sauce.
- Lower heat to medium and add carrots, celery. Cook covered , stirring occasionally, cook until vegetables are somewhat soft, approx 15 minutes.
- Add zucchini and cover, stirring occasionally, cook for 3 minutes.
- Add cabbage and cook Uncovered for another 3 minutes.
- Stir in tomatoes and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat and add whole peas, dried beans and other bean, cook for 5 minutes
- Stir in pasta and continue to simmer until pasta is tender, approx 10 minutes.
- Add seasonings and stir.
- Heat for 5 minutes then serve with crusty garlic bread.
- One Loaf of French Bread cut Length wise in half
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
- Parsley (for garnish)
- Place on cookie sheet and drizzle olive oil on both halves of bread, sprinkle with garlic powder and parsley
- Bake @ 350 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes ( until edges are lightly browned)
Due to the amount of ingredients in the soup and the need to time it - we will leave this at a three. This though is a total meal in and of itself!