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January 6, 2009

People say that there is nothing better than a bowl of chicken noodle soup on a cold day, but I beg to differ. While chicken noodle soup is good, it doesn’t compare to the heartiness of a steaming bowl of homemade minestrone. I’ve seen minestrone made many different ways, with many different combinations of ingredients, but many are too thin for my taste. I got this recipe from my mom, but I’ve altered it a bit so it turns out heartier and thicker–more like a stew than a soup.


Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 3 hours

Serves: 6-8


1/2 cup olive oil

3 teaspoons butter

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup diced carrots

1 cup diced celery

2-1/2 cups peeled, diced potato

2 cups diced zucchini

1 cup diced green beans

3 cups shredded cabbage

2 cups canned broth (beef or vegetable) mixed with 4 cups of water

2/3 cup canned diced tomatoes

1 can drained black beans

1/3 cup grated Parmesan


In a large pot, put in the oil, butter, and chopped onion. Cook over medium-low heat until the onions wilt and are pale gold in color but not browned. Add the diced carrots and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring once or twice. img_0063Repeat this procedure with the celery, potatoes, zucchini, and green beans, cooking each one a few minutes and stirring. img_0067

img_0068Then add the shredded cabbage and cook for about 6 minutes, giving the pot an occasional stir. img_0074Add the broth and tomotoes. (Note: if you have extra rind from a block of Parmesan, drop that into the soup and cook. This adds additional flavor to the soup). img_00771Cover and cook at a very slow boil for at least 3 hours. Cook until it has a thick-soup texture. Fifteen minutes before the soup is done, add the black beans. Just before turning off the heat, swirl in the grated cheese, or put it on top of each individual serving. img_0078

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 8, 2009 9:07 am

    Sounds like a lot of hearty goodness in a bowl!


  2. January 8, 2009 12:25 pm

    Wow fantastic ideas for my next lunch with my friends.

    Bye from Italy by – A taste of Italian sweets

    If you want you cant add your blog in my blogroll All your recipes

  3. January 8, 2009 7:33 pm

    I love minestrone! Looks delicious!

  4. January 10, 2009 11:19 am

    This looks fantastic. Yum!

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