minestrone -- viva italia -- ciao

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
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By Gary Hancq
from Port Byron, IL

Last week a friend asked if I wanted a couple of turnips from his garden. I jumped on the offering, visualizing the sight and the aroma of a good Minestrone, and set out to build a memorable soup, from this oft forgotten vegetable. The outcome was rewarding. even though I made a few changes mid-stream. To Italians Minestrone means "The Big Soup -- One with many ingredients". It is the cornerstone of Italian cuisine and as common as pasta on the Italian Table. Buon Cibo (Good Eating). e

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
serves yields approx. 2 quarts
prep time 30 Min
cook time 2 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For minestrone -- viva italia -- ciao

  • 1 can
    tomato sauce 11 oz. hunts
  • 2 can
    beef or chicken broth. see note
  • 2 c
    beef pre-roasted shredded or cubed. see note
  • 1 can
    corn drained
  • 1 can
    green beans drained
  • 1 can
    mushrooms 6 oz. sliced or whole (optional)
  • 2
    turnips fresh peeled and cubed
  • 1 1/2 c
    carrots chopped or cubed
  • 1 c
    celery chopped spoon size
  • 1 c
    onion chopped coarse
  • 2 tsp
    italian seasoning dried
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
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How To Make minestrone -- viva italia -- ciao

  • 1
    To a good sized stock pot add the Tomato Sauce and Broth to the pot(See notes). Heat on high.
  • 2
    Add the cans of drained Corn and Green Beans. I would have preferred Cut Green Beans but had a can of French Cut instead. Canned mushrooms optional.
  • 3
    Rinse and prepare fresh Turnips, Carrots, Celery and Onion. Add to pot along with the Italian Seasoning and Garlic and Onion Powder. Add the pre-roasted Beef.
  • 4
    Turn heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours total. Stir occasionally and add additional broth if needed.
  • 5
    Near the end adjust salt and pepper to taste. I'm a low salt cook so usually leave final seasoning when presented at the table.
  • 6
    Notes: I was unsuccessful finding the pre-roasted sliced beef in the freezer, but did find four cups of frozen Italian Beef Juices that had a sufficient amount of shredded Italian Beef in it. So I substituted this for the canned Chicken or Beef Broth. What could be more appropriate in an Italian soup than Italian Beef juices.
  • 7
    Note: Pasta of any sort would be a nice addition to this recipe. A couple of days later I prepared some Three Cheese Tortelloni simmered in Chicken Broth and they were an excellent addition to the Minestrone. Happy Cooking.

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