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Minestrone

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Ingredients
  Dried white navy beans 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Whole wheat pasta 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Shells Or Elbow Macaroni)
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Onion 1 , chopped
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), chopped
  Carrots 2 Medium, chopped
  Celery stalks 2 , chopped
  Potatoes 2 , peeled and cubed
  Tomatoes 4 , cubed
  Zucchini 1 Small, cubed
  Fresh green beans 1⁄2 Pound, sliced
  Freshly ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon (Or To Taste)
  Water 8 Cup (128 tbs)
  Dried basil 1 Tablespoon
  Whole garlic 1 Clove (5 gm)
  Grated parmesan cheese 2 Tablespoon
Directions

Rinse and soak navy beans according to package instructions.
Discard water and add fresh water.
Cook according to package instructions, omitting salt.
Set aside.
Cook pasta according to package instructions, omitting salt.
Drain and set aside.
Heat oil in a large, heavy pan over medium-high heat.
Add onion, garlic, carrots and celery.
Saute until onion is translucent.
Add potatoes, tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, pepper and water.
Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
Add navy beans and pasta.
Add more water if soup is too thick.
In a blender or the work bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process basil, 1 whole clove of garlic and 1 cup of soup from the pot until smooth.
Return this mixture to the soup, mix well and serve hot.
Top each serving with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering

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