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Monday, March 7, 2011

Minestrone (meatless)

Love the flavors of this--I usually just use what I have on hand---the seasonings make this full of flavor.

4 cups chicken broth (or substitute)
1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
1 cup water
1 small onion
1 tab of minced garlic (I used jarred)

As much as you want of the following veggies:

frozen whole string beans (broken up),
frozen corn,
frozen Lima beans,
frozen peas,
frozen spinach

fresh sweet potatoes (1-2 depending on size)chopped small
1 small red potato with skin on, chopped
3-4 small celery stalks , chopped
carrots, chopped--as much as you like

1 can northern beans, drained
1 cup or so of cooked macaroni (I use Gluten Free)

1/2 or so of dried rubbed sage
1 bay leaf
1/2-1 tsp rosemary
1/2-1 tsp thyme
2 tsp parsley
fresh ground pepper

In a large pot heat a bit of olive oil and saute the small onion. When tender add the garlic and heat for about 1 minute.

Add the broth, tomatoes, and water and seasonings.

Add all the veggies. Simmer about 25 minutes until they are about tender.

Add the beans and cooked macaroni. Serve or freeze or refrigerate.

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