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Italian Minestrone

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Ingredients
  Onion 1 Medium, chopped for about 1 cup
  Garlic 4 Clove (20 gm), minced for about 4 teaspoons
  Olive oil 2 Tablespoon
  Chicken broth/Vegetable stock /canned reduced-sodium chicken broth 8 Cup (128 tbs)
  Vegetable stock/Chicken broth / canned reduced-sodium chicken broth 8 Cup (128 tbs), canned
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Frozen lima beans 1 Cup (16 tbs), Defrosted
  Dried oregano 1 Teaspoon (To Taste)
  Dried rosemary 1 Teaspoon (To Taste)
  Canned italian plum tomatoes 14 Ounce, chopped, juice reserved (1 Can)
  Tomato paste 2 Tablespoon
  Boiling potatoes 1⁄2 Pound, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  Macaroni shells 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Carrots 3 Medium, chopped for about 1 1/4 cups
  Celery stalks 3 , chopped for about 1 cup
  Leek 1 Medium, chopped for about 1/2 cup, rinsed well, and patted dry
  Zucchini 1 Small, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  Frozen peas 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Fresh Or Defrosted)
  Chopped fresh parsley/Chopped fresh basil 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Freshly grated parmesan cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Optional)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
Directions

MAKING
1) In a large kettle heat oil, cook onion and garlic over low heat for 10 minutes.
2) Stir in broth, the water, the lima beans, and the spices.
3) Boil the mixture and simmer it for 20 minutes.
4) Add tomatoes with juice, tomato paste, potatoes, macaroni, carrots and celery, and simmer for 10 minutes.
5) Put leek, zucchini, and peas, simmer for 5 minutes or till tender.
6) Add salt and pepper to taste.
7) Stir in parsley or basil, if using.

SERVING
8) Serve sprinkled with 2 teaspoons of Parmesan.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Method: 
Boiled
Restriction: 
Lacto Ovo Vegetarian
Ingredient: 
Chicken
Interest: 
Gourmet
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
50 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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