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Minestrone

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Ingredients
  Soaked beans 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Mild italian sausages 1 Pound (Purchased / Homemade)
  Water 8 Cup (128 tbs)
  Parmesan cheese 5 Ounce
  Lightly packed celery leaves 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Parsley sprigs 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Onion 1 Large
  Olive oil/Salad oil 2 Tablespoon
  Salt pork/Pancefta 1⁄4 Pound, minced (Italian Style Bacon)
  Canned pear shaped tomatoes 14 1⁄2 Ounce (1 Can)
  Regular strength chicken broth 4 Cup (64 tbs)
  Carrots 2 Medium
  Celery stalks 3 Large
  Thin skinned potatoes 2 Small
  Zucchini 2 Medium
  Cabbage head 1 Small
  Lightly packed basil leaves 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Fresh Ones)
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm)
Directions

Prepare soaked beans and place in a 4 to 5-quart kettle.
Pierce sausage casings in several places; add sausages and water to kettle.
Bring to a boil over high heat; then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes; remove sausages and set aside.
Continue simmering beans until they mash easily (25 to 50 more minutes).
Insert metal blade.
Ladle about half the beans and 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid into work bowl; process, using on-off pulses, until coarsely pureed.
Return pureed beans to cooking liquid; set aside.
Wipe work bowl, blade, and cover dry with a paper towel.
Grate cheese; place in a small serving bowl and set aside.
Place celery leaves and parsley in work bowl; finely chop for parsley.
Set aside.
Mince garlic; leave in work bowl.
Chop onion.
Heat oil in a 6 to 8-quart kettle over medium heat.
Add salt pork, onion, garlic, parsley, and celery leaves; cook, stirring often, until onion is soft.
Place tomatoes and their liquid in work bowl; process, using on-off pulses, until coarsely chopped.
Add tomatoes, broth, beans, and bean cooking liquid to kettle.
Change to slicing disc.
Following directions, slice carrots, then celery; add both to kettle.
Peel potatoes; slice and add to kettle.
Bring to a boil over high heat.
Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Following directions, slice zucchini, then shred cabbage; add to kettle.
Slice sausages with a knife; add to kettle.
Simmer until zucchini is tender to bite (8 to 10 minutes).
season to taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe Summary

Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Interest: 
Healthy
Cook Time: 
70 Minutes
Servings: 
15

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