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Minestrone - Vegetable soup

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 2:34 pm    Post subject: Minestrone - Vegetable soup Reply with quote

As I like minestrone, I'd like to share with you the recipe. I've found it
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Serves 4

Ingredients
150 g (5 1/2 oz) Swiss chard
Half a green cabbage, little size
100 g (3 1/2 oz) dried beans
3 ripe and firm tomatoes
4 potatoes
2 carrots
1 leek
2 fresh young onions
2 stalks of celery
A bunch of parsley
1 sage leaf
Some basil leaves
1 garlic clove
45 g (1 1/2 oz) bacon
125 g (4 1/2 oz) rice
8 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2, 5 l (92 fl oz - 10 C) vegetable stock
Grated Parmesan cheese
Salt
Pepper

Time:
preparation: 30 minutes
cooking: about 150 minutes

Preparation:
Soak dried beans in cold water the evening before.
Let bacon fry lightly in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and then remove it with a skimming ladle; put it apart.
Clean, wash and chop parsley. Wash sage and basil leaves and peel the garlic clove. Clean leek and slice it finely. Peel carrots and cube them. Clean celery and slice it finely. Peel onions and chop. Wash Swiss chard and divide the green leaves from the stalks; slice Swiss chard stalks finely. Wash green cabbage and chop it roughly. Put tomatoes in boiling water for 1 minute in order to peel them easily; remove seeds and cube the flesh.
Prepare vegetable stock. Meanwhile put olive oil, parsley, sage, garlic clove and chopped onions in a large pan; let all the ingredients fry lightly for some minutes over a medium heat but be careful they don't become brown. Then remove garlic, if you don't want to eat it, and add bacon, celery, carrots, leek, Swiss chard stalks, tomatoes, basil and beans (drained from their soaking water). Let all the vegetables flavour for some minutes and then pour the hot stock into the pan. Season to taste with salt and keep on cooking, half-covered, stirring now and then with a wooden spoon, over a little heat, for about 90 minutes. At this point add green cabbage, Swiss chard leaves and potatoes, peeled and washed. Keep on cooking for other 30 minutes, crush potatoes with a fork and add rice. Season to taste with salt and pepper and cook until rice is soft.
Serve hot with grated Parmesan cheese, if you like.

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Di troppe cose non so cosa farne, per me che avrei bisogno di poche immagini ma eterne. (G. Gaber)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That sounds delicious Simy... But wow - 8 tablespoons of olive oil - that seems an awful lot. Maybe the rice will soak some of it up...
I've not tried chard in my minestrone - I usually prefer erbette or dark green cabbage. But I'll try it with chard (bietole) next week!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes Carole, you're right.
When I prepare minestrone, I don't put oil and I make it without rice: only vegetables! It's one of few ways I eat vegetables Shhh (I do know that it's wrong, I should eat them more!)

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2007 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Simy!
Wow--that sounds delicious!!! Drool Drool Drool

Just what we need on these cold winter days!
Thank you!!! Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome Debra!

Even though we should need fresh salad here because of this warm winter! d'oh!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2007 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Simy!
We had a cold February and a warm January!
Now today it's in the 50's!!! Eh? Eh?

I sent you a message on Skype!
Hop you got it!! Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Debra!
I've read it just now, I always forget to turn on Skype... Brick wall

If we want to chat, we need Carole's presence too, because i'm sure I won't understand what you will say: American is too hard for me! Shhh

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good to me Simy!!
Don't worry--my Italian is bad !!!!
Your English is much better!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You say it because you've never heard me while speaking English... my written English is better than the spoken one... go figure! Eh?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That happens with languages Simy--I'm not sure why!
I think I can write better in French than to speak it! d'oh!

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