Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Favorite Minestrone Soup

Mmmmmm Mmmmmmmm Good ! This is a hearty meal- in -a -bowl soup with beans and pasta. I sometimes turn my leftover ham and cabbage dinner into this soup because the broth gives it an excellent flavor. And you may add any type pasta but the spaghetti is my choice.

1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 cup cubed ham or( low fat
alternative such as turkey bacon)
1 clove minced garlic
3 cups water or cabbage broth
1 14 oz. can chopped stewed
tomatoes with juice
1/2 cup canned chick peas,
( kidney ,lima or white
beans can be substituted)
1/2 cup finely shredded cabbage
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrots
2 TB. minced dried parsley
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 cup broken spaghetti

Brush bottom of large pan with olive oil.
Heat and cook the onions, celery, garlic and bacon
or ham until slightly tender.

Add the liquid and tomatoes in with the rest
of the ingredients but spaghetti
and simmer till tender about 1/2 hour.

Break the spaghetti into the soup and cook about 10 min.s until tender and serve.

Makes 6 servings

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