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Thick Minestrone

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Ingredients
  Navy beans/Peas 8 Ounce
  Salt pork 8 Ounce
  Onion 1 , chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), finely chopped
  Water 10 Cup (160 tbs)
  Beef bouillon cubes 4
  Carrots 2 , thinly sliced
  Celery stalks 2 , chopped
  Cabbage 1⁄4 , shredded
  Tomatoes 2 , peeled and chopped
  Frozen green peas/Frozen green beans 10 Ounce (One Package)
  Elbow macaroni 4 Ounce
  Chopped parsley 2 1⁄2 Tablespoon
  Grated parmesan cheese 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
Directions

Soak beans in cold water overnight (approx. 12 hours).
Drain, place in a clean pan with cold water to cover and simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hours.
Drain well.
Remove skin from pork and cut pork into 1/2 inch cubes.
Place pork in a large heavy pan, cover and saute pork in its own fat until brown, shaking pan occasionally.
Add chopped onion and garlic and saute until soft.
Add water, beef stock cubes, drained beans, prepared carrots, celery, cabbage, tomatoes, salt and pepper.
Cover and bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer soup for 1 1/2 hours.
Add peas or green beans and macaroni and simmer for a further 20 minutes or until macaroni is tender.
More water may be added at this stage if soup is too thiek.
Taste soup and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
Stir in chopped parsley just before serving.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Dish: 
Soup
Interest: 
Everyday

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