Genoese Minestrone

"Good Food Magazine, October 1986. Prep time does not include 1 hour of soaking time for beans."
 
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Ready In:
2hrs 5mins
Ingredients:
16
Serves:
6
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ingredients

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directions

  • Soak beans in at least 1 inch of water in small saucepan overnight (or boil for 1 minute, remove from heat, and let stand covered 1 hour).
  • Cook bacon in large pot over medium heat. Remove all but 2 T. of the fat; leave bacon in pot. Add oil and heat over medium heat. Add garlic and parsley; saute until lightly colored, about 2 minutes. Add onion and saute 1 minute. Add 3 quarts water, the carrots, zucchini, tomatoes, and drained navy beans. Season with salt and pepper. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
  • Add cabbage and simmer 20 minutes. Add pasta and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings. Ladle soup into wide bowls. Sprinkle with Parmesan and basil.

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Reviews

  1. lauralie41
    Made this soup for lunch today and had two bowl fulls! Delicious! I had applewood smoked bacon on hand so that is what I used but did use canned cannolini beans, dried parsley and basil, a red onion and small macaroni noodles. I will be making this soup again! Made and reviewed for Susie's World Tour 2019 - Italy
     
  2. diner524
    Wonderful minestrone soup!!! I always say that bacon makes everything better and never would have thought to use it to make minestrone soup, but it is perfect!!! I originally thought I would use veggie, chicken or beef broth instead of the water, but decided to wait and try it with just the flavoring from the bacon and bacon fat, good decision!! I made a few minor changes, based on what I had on hand and DS's favorites. I used small bow-tie pasta, a can of Navy Beans and then added a can of cut green beans so DS would eat some of the soup. Followed the rest as written, other then adding more salt, pepper and then added some garlic salt for our tastes. Really love the freshness and flavor of this soup. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for Newest Tag Game.
     
  3. Karen Elizabeth
    I left my husband in charge of making this while I was at work, and he was very proud of himself, I may have to fight for kitchen space :) We used tinned borlotti beans, and tinned tomatoes, and since I had used up all my zucchini, I used a selection of small garden squashes (patty pans and baby gems). Lovely soup, so satisfying, Minestrone always seems like cold nights and a warm fireplace. Thank you for sharing, made for Culinary Quest 2019, Italy, the FeedBags
     
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  1. diner524
    Wonderful minestrone soup!!! I always say that bacon makes everything better and never would have thought to use it to make minestrone soup, but it is perfect!!! I originally thought I would use veggie, chicken or beef broth instead of the water, but decided to wait and try it with just the flavoring from the bacon and bacon fat, good decision!! I made a few minor changes, based on what I had on hand and DS's favorites. I used small bow-tie pasta, a can of Navy Beans and then added a can of cut green beans so DS would eat some of the soup. Followed the rest as written, other then adding more salt, pepper and then added some garlic salt for our tastes. Really love the freshness and flavor of this soup. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for Newest Tag Game.
     

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