Minestrone Soup

Ingredients

2 cups            Dried White Beans (soaked over night)

2                     Stalks Celery

1 cup              Carrots, diced

1                    Onion, chopped

1                    Large clove of garlic, chopped

½ cup each   Zucchini, Green Beans, Corn, Peas, Green/Red Peppers,

                       Black Olives

2 handfulls   Fresh Spinach or Escarole, cut

1 can              stewed or diced tomatoes

½ lb                Bacon, fried and cut small

1 lb                 Bulk Italian Sausage

4 cups            Beef Broth

1 small can   Tomato Paste

1tsp                Basil, Rosemary, Parsley

Salt and Pepper to taste

                        If needed extra tomato sauce, water, olive oil

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Directions

Cook the beans in their soaking water about 2 hours or until tender.

Drain reserve liquid and put ½ of the beans in a food processor.

Cook sausage, bacon, put to the side.

Heat oil sauté garlic, onion, celery, carrot, beans and rest of vegetables

Add sausage and bacon

Add broth, stir in tomato paste and seasonings

Add spinach, and processed beans

Salt, pepper, simmer if needed add more broth or tomato paste

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