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Minestrone

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Ingredients
  Dried white haricot beans 1⁄4 Pound
  Butter 2 Ounce
  Fresh green peas 1 Pound, shelled
  Courgettes 1⁄2 Pound, diced, unpeeled but scrubbed
  Diced carrots 1⁄4 Pound
  Diced potatoes 6 Ounce
  Celery 2 Ounce, thinly sliced
  Salt pork 2 Ounce, diced
  Onions 1⁄2 Ounce, finely chopped
  Leeks 2 Ounce, finely chopped
  Tomatoes/Canned whole pack tomatoes - 1 pound, drained, coarsely chopped 3 Large, coarsely chopped
  Chicken stock 3 Pint
  Bay leaf 1
  Parsley sprigs 2 , tied with bay leaf
  Salt 1 Teaspoon (scant)
  Freshly ground black pepper 1 Teaspoon (scant)
  Uncooked white rice 4 Ounce (Plain)
  Fresh basil/Crumbled dried basil - 1 scant teaspoon 1 Teaspoon, finely cut
  Fresh parsley 1 Tablespoon, finely chopped
  Garlic 1⁄2 Teaspoon, finely chopped
  Freshly grated parmesan cheese 2 Ounce
Directions

MAKING
1. In a heavy bottomed, medium sized saucepan boil 1 1/2 pints of water, add the beans and boil briskly for 2 minutes.
2. Take it off and leave it aside to soak for an hour.
3. Put it back on the stove and cook the beans without covering over low heat for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until barely tender.
4. Drain them thoroughly in running water and keep aside in a bowl.
5. In a large, heavy bottomed frying pan, melt butter over moderate heat and when the foam subsides, add the peas, courgettes, carrots, potatoes and celery.
6. Toss the vegetables and stir with a spoon while cooking them for 2 to 3 minutes or until they are lightly coated with butter but not browned, keep aside.
7. In a large saucepan render the diced salt pork by frying over moderate heat, stirring frequently until crisp and brown, drain on paper towel.
8. Now add the onions and leeks (or if leeks are unavailable, substitute another 2 ounce of onions) into the fat left in the pot and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly or until the vegetables are soft and lightly browned.
9. Add the tomatoes, fried vegetables, chicken stock, bay leaf and parsley sprigs, salt and pepper.
10. Increase the heat and bring it to a boil, lower the heat and let it simmer covering partially for 25 minutes.
11. Take out the bay leaf and parsley sprigs and discard it, add the rice, beans and pork dices and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the rice is tender.
12. Season the soup with salt and pepper as per your taste.

SERVING
13. Serve immediately garnished with herbs, garlic and parmesan. It can be served as a main course as well as it already has all the components of a meal, you can also serve a crusty Italian bread to make it more filling.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Italian
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Simmering
Dish: 
Soup
Ingredient: 
Tomato
Interest: 
Healthy
Preparation Time: 
60 Minutes
Cook Time: 
150 Minutes
Ready In: 
210 Minutes
Servings: 
4

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