Prep 10 mins
Cook 45 mins
An delicious peasant Italian stew (Minestre is a somewhat generic term). I learned this originally from my grandmother over 30 years ago and have modified it over the years. My grandmother actually used pig skin, which unless you buy a whole ham and cut the skin off, I'm not sure where to even get pig skin anymore. Anyway, it's remarkably simple to make but surprisingly delicious considering the simplicity. I make it by eye so I have approximated the quantities of all the ingredients below. Eat with crusty bread.
- 1⁄2 lb smoked ham or 1⁄2 lb turkey breast
- 1 lb fresh string bean
- 3 -4 large potatoes (russets)
- 3 -4 large garlic cloves
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 -2 teaspoon black pepper, to taste
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Cut ham (or turkey) into bite-sized cubes.
- Peel and cut potatoes into bite-sized cubes.
- Remove ends from string beans and rinse.
- Peel and chop garlic.
- Heat olive oil in large pot of medium high heat.
- Saute meat in oil until lightly browned.
- Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add string beans, potatoes, thyme, pepper and salt.
- Add broth and additional water to just cover.
- Turn heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes.
That was a great way to use some leftover ham we had. Made as instructed except that I used all chicken broth instead of adding water, then added a sprinkle of parmesan to our bowls. YUM! We ended up getting about 8 servings out of this.