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Minestrone

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Ingredients
  Haricot beans 100 Gram (small)
  Cold water 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (as required)
  Lard/Dripping 25 Gram
  Bacon rashers 1 , unsmoked, rinded and chopped (thick)
  Onion 1 , peeled and chopped
  Garlic 1 Clove (5 gm), crushed
  Carrots 2 , scraped and sliced
  Celery stalks 2 , scrubbed and chopped
  Tomatoes 225 Gram, skinned and chopped
  Tomato puree 30 Milliliter
  White stock/Water and chicken stock cube- 1 cube 900 Milliliter
  Salt To Taste
  Black pepper To Taste, freshly ground
  White cabbage 1⁄4 Small, washed and finely shredded
  Small pasta shells/Rings 30 Milliliter
  Parmesan cheese 1 Teaspoon, finely grated
Directions

GETTING READY
1) In a bowl, place the haricot beans with cold water to cover and soak overnight or with boiling water to cover and soak for 1 hour.
2) Pour off the water and allow the beans to drain well.

MAKING
3) In the cooker, melt the lard or dripping, and saute bacon, onion, garlic, carrots and celery until the vegetables are lightly coloured.
4) Stir in the haricot beans, tomatoes, tomato puree, stock or water and stock cube, salt and pepper.
5) See that the cooker is not more than half full.
6) Put the lid on the cooker, heat to high pressure and cook for 5 minutes.
7) Lower the pressure slowly.
8) Check for the tenderness of beans, if still hard cook for 5 minutes more at high speed and lower the pressure slowly. If beans are tender the leave as it is.

FINALIZING
9) Stir in the cabbage and pasta, well together.
10) Raise the pressure to high and cook for 5 minutes more.
11) Lower the pressure gently.
12) Check for the seasoning and adjust if needed, spoon into warm soup bowls.

SERVING
13) Serve hot sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Bean
Interest: 
Everyday, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
85 Minutes
Cook Time: 
25 Minutes
Ready In: 
110 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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