World's Best Minestrone
The secret to making the world's best minestrone is to roast the vegetables first. Tastes great and is incredibly healthy.
Veggies, beans and pasta make this minestrone a meal in a bowl
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 large fennel bulb, cored and coarsely chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 large red pepper, coarsely chopped
3 large carrots, sliced (not too thin)
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
2 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise, then sliced (not too thin)
1 summer squash, sliced the same as zucchini
1 28-oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 15-oz. can undrained cannelloni beans
1 15-oz. can undrained red kidney beans
3/4 cup uncooked ditalini (or other small pasta)
4 cups chicken stock/broth (may need more)
2 tsp. Mrs. Dash Italian Medley
1/4 cup grated parmesian cheese
Salt & pepper to taste
-Preheat oven to 450F.
-In a large bowl, toss fennel, red pepper, carrots, onion, zucchini,
summer squash and garlic with oil, salt and pepper. Spread on baking
sheet. Roast veggies 30 minutes, stirring around every 10 minutes.
-While veggies cook, bring pot of salted water to boil, add pasta and cook al dente, drain, rinse and set aside.
-When veggies are done, transfer them to a large soup pot. Add diced
tomatoes, cannelloni and red beans with their liquid, chicken
stock/broth and Italian spices. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer
30 minutes. Give it an occasional stir.
-Add pasta and parmesian. Reduce reduce heat to low and let it sit for
a half-hour or so to blend flavors. Thin with extra broth or water.
salt and pepper to taste.
about 8 pints. Enjoy!
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