Minestrone -- Viva Italia -- Ciao
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).
1 can(s)tomato sauce 11 oz. hunts
2 can(s)beef or chicken broth. see note
2 cbeef pre-roasted shredded or cubed. see note
1 can(s)corn drained
1 can(s)green beans drained
1 can(s)mushrooms 6 oz. sliced or whole (optional)
2turnips fresh peeled and cubed
1 1/2 ccarrots chopped or cubed
1 ccelery chopped spoon size
1 conion chopped coarse
2 tspitalian seasoning dried
1/2 tspgarlic powder
1/2 tsponion powder
·salt and pepper to taste
How to Make Minestrone -- Viva Italia -- Ciao
- To a good sized stock pot add the Tomato Sauce and Broth to the pot(See notes). Heat on high.
- 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.
- 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.
- Turn heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours total. Stir occasionally and add additional broth if needed.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.