Thursday, May 30, 2013

italian minestrone soup.

Italian Minestrone Soup from Randi:

1/2 lb salt pork, diced
1 T olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
5 cups chicken stock
1- 28 oz can tomatoes
1 carrot, sliced
1 rib celery, chopped
1 zucchini, sliced
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1 can kidney beans, drained
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 cup macaroni, uncooked
parmesan cheese, grated

Saute salt pork in large soup pot until browned. Add oil, onion and garlic; sauté until onion is tender. Add remaining ingredients, except macaroni and parmesan cheese. Simmer for 2-3 hours (or put in crockpot for the day). Add macaroni at the end and cook for about ten minutes until tender. Garnish with parmesan cheese.

*Salt pork, if you haven't ever used it, is by the ham. It's kind of like a solid brick of bacon. I usually have found it under the Hormel brand. It's very fatty so I really trim it but it adds amazing flavor.

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