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Recipe in: One Dish Dinners  (Soups and Stews)

Minestrone

Fresh Fruit

Minestrone, Traditional    

Total time: 6 hours  3 hours soaking, 3 hours cooking, 30 minutes work
   Chock full of vegetables, low in fat and packed with flavor; this has been a favorite soup at our house for years.  It requires very little hands-on time and fills the kitchen with wonderful aromas while it cooks - the perfect soup! This method of soaking is supposed to prevent excess 'flatulence' from the beans ....worked for us!

Minestrone Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  If you can get an actual ham bone (which I cannot) you can use that and plain water instead of the Prosciutto and chicken stock.  Remove before adding vegetables. 

Note 2:  In the U.S. one can buy jars of 'Ham Base' which would be good - the appropriate amount dissolved in 1 qt water.  The Ham Base could be substituted for chicken stock in soups, etc. in the future.  I don't want to recommend buying it for just this soup, thus the chicken stock or bone.

Minestrone, quick version  

Total time: 60 minutes 
   You can make this in an hour at a hard simmer (which I do) or you can put it all together and let it simmer gently for two.... it all depends on your day.  It doubles, triples, whatever easily.... it's soup!

 Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:   In the U.S. one can buy jars of 'Ham Base' which would be good - the appropriate amount dissolved in 1 qt water.  The Ham Base could be substituted for chicken stock in soups, etc. in the future.  I don't want to recommend buying it for just this soup, thus the chicken stock.