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    Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:00 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Does anyone have a recipe for minesta?
    Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:30 pm
    Forum Host
    I could not find one here, but did find this one, which looks tasty,
    Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:37 pm
    Forum Host
    Every Italian family has their own favorite version of "minestra" aka "greens and beans" (escarole and beans).

    There are 29 Minestra recipes in our database and 69 Escarole and bean recipes. (click the links)

    This is how my grandmother made it and the way I still do.....

    1lb cooked beans, cannellini beans or Great Northern beans (can use a 15 oz can, rinsed and drained)
    2-4 cloves garlic, chopped (I usually put in 5-6 cloves)
    1lb escarole, cleaned and chopped
    olive oil (about 2-4Tb)
    1 quart water (or low salt chicken stock) do not use boullion it is too salty.
    Salt and Pepper to taste
    In a large pot, saute the garlic in olive oil over medium heat.
    Add the greens and sautee for a few minutes, until wilted.
    Add about a quart of water (or low salt chicken stock) to cover the greens.
    Add the beans, cover and simmer until the beans are heated through and the greens are cooked to your liking (the ribs should be somewhat soft).
    Add some pepper and salt. Taste and adjust seasoning.
    Ladle into bowls and top with a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a spoonful of grated cheese.
    Serve extra grated Romano or Parmesan cheese on the side, and a good crusty bread for dunking.
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