Great Northern Minestrone



a great healthy vegetarian soup...great for cool fall dinners


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1 c
idaho great northern beans, rinsed
1/2 c
onion, chopped
1 tsp
garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp
dried basil
1 tsp
dried oregano
1 tsp
pepper to taste
leftover ham or beef bones
16 oz
tomatoes, canned with juice
4 c
vegetables, thinly sliced (carrots, zucchini, celery, cabbage)
1/2 c
small pasta
1/4 c
chopped parsley
parmesan cheese, grated
1 can(s)
whole green beans

How to Make Great Northern Minestrone


  • 1Add beans to 3 cups boiling water; boil for 2 minutes.
  • 2Cover and let stand 1 to 4 hours.
  • 3Drain and rinse well.
  • 4Place beans in kettle.
  • 5Add 6 cups water, onion, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, pepper and ham or beef bones.
  • 6Bring to boil.
  • 7Cover and simmer 1 hour or until beans are almost tender.
  • 8Add tomatoes, vegetables, macaroni and parsley, breaking up tomatoes.
  • 9Cover and simmer 1/2 hour longer or until ingredients are done.
  • 10Add more water if a thinner consistency is desired. Adjust seasonings.
  • 11Serve with grated parmesan cheese. Makes 2 to 2-1/2 quarts.

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About Great Northern Minestrone

Course/Dish: Vegetable Soup
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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