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Classic Minestrone

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Ingredients
  Extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Pancetta/Other unsmoked bacon 8 Ounce, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  Carrots 6 Medium, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  Onions 3 Medium, cut into 1/4 inch dice
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm), minced
  Leeks 2 , 3 inches green left on, rinsed well and cut into 1/4 inch dice
  Green cabbage 1 1⁄2 Pound, cored and cut into 1 inch pieces (1 Small Head)
  Idaho potato 1 , peeled and cut into 1/4 inch dice
  Green split peas 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Defatted chicken broth 8 Cup (128 tbs) (Homemade)
  Chopped flat leaf parsley 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Dried thyme 2 Teaspoon
  Dried tarragon 1 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Coarsely ground black pepper To Taste
  Zucchini 1 1⁄4 Pound, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (4 Medium Size)
  Swiss chard 12 Ounce, leaves and stems rinsed and cut crosswise into 1 inch thick slices
  Ripe plum tomatoes 6 , seeded and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  Chopped fresh basil leaves 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
Directions

MAKING
1. In a large heavy soup pot, heat olive oil over medium-low heat.
2. Add pancetta and cook for 10 to 12 minutes until some of the fat is released.
3. Then stir in carrots, onions, garlic, and leeks.
4. Cook with occasional stirring over low heat for about 15 minutes until the onions are wilted.
5. Add the cabbage, potato, and split peas into the vegetables; fold to mix.
6. Cook for another 10 minutes.
7. Pour in the chicken broth.
8. Add parsley, thyme, tarragon, salt, and pepper.
9. Bring to a boil.
10. Reduce the heat.
11. Simmer uncovered for ½ an hour.
12. Add the zucchini.
13. Simmer for another 15 minutes
14. Stirring occasionally from the bottom.
15. Add the Swiss chard.
16. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
17. Add in the tomatoes and basil.
18. Simmer for another 5 minutes.

SERVING
19. Serve piping hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Boiled
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Vegetable
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Cook Time: 
82 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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