Italian Country Vegetable Soup
|Great northern beans/Cannellini beans||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs) (Soaked Overnight In Cold Water)|
|Salted water||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Savoy cabbage||2 Pound|
|Olive oil||3 Tablespoon|
|Prosciutto||3 Ounce, chopped|
|Chopped parsley||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Prefer Italian)|
|Garlic||2 Clove (10 gm), minced|
|Green beans||1⁄4 Pound, cut into 1 inch pieces|
|Zucchini||1⁄4 Pound, sliced|
|Celery stalks||2 , diced|
|Carrot||1 Large, sliced about 1/4 inch thick|
|Potato||1 Medium, thinly sliced|
|Red onion||1 Medium, thinly sliced|
|Chicken broth/Beef broth||1 1⁄2 Quart|
|Tomato paste||1 Tablespoon|
|Chicken broth/Chicken broth||2 Cup (32 tbs)|
|Rice grain||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Pesto sauce||1 Tablespoon|
|Grated parmesan cheese||1 Tablespoon|
Drain beans well.
Transfer to medium saucepan and cover with salted water.
Bring to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer about 20 to 25 minutes (beans will be only partially cooked).
Drain and set aside.
Thoroughly wash and then shred cabbage and spinach.
Combine in 6 to 8 quart dutch oven with water that clings to leaves.
Sprinkle with salt.
Cook over low heat until greens are wilted, about 15 minutes.
Transfer to colander and drain well.
Squeeze dry and set aside.
Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
Add prosciutto, parsley and garlic and saute until lightly browned.
Add remaining vegetables and saute an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Mix in reserved beans, cabbage and spinach and blend well.
Pour in enough broth to cover.
Stir in tomato paste.
Bring mixture to boil, reduce heat and simmer gently, uncovered, until all ingredients are tender, about 40 minutes, stirring often.
Bring 2 cups broth to boil in 2 quart saucepan over medium-high heat.
Add rice, reduce heat to medium and continue cooking until rice is almost tender.
Drain, reserving broth, and add rice to soup.
If soup then appears too thick, stir in a portion of rice cooking liquid.