Cheaters " Quick & Easy" Minestrone

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READY IN: 1hr 20mins
SERVES: 4
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

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DIRECTIONS

  • Slice through bacon, put in the the dutch oven and fry until crisp.
  • Remove bacon from drippings; drain on a paper towel to remove excess grease. Reserve 1 or 2 Tablespoons bacon grease; leave grease in the pan.
  • In reserved bacon grease, sauté onions until slightly translucent; add garlic and sauté an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  • Add carrots, celery, basil, broth, bean and bacon soup, water, tomatoes, cabbage, and zucchini.
  • Simmer for at least 60 minutes. Remove Parmesan rind.
  • In the mean time: boil water for pasta. Cook according to package directions.
  • DO NOT ADD pasta to the soup. Rinse cooked pasta with hot water to remove the starch residue and prevent sticking. Set aside.
  • Ladle hot soup over cooked macaroni; top with grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
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