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Monday, December 18, 2017

Farmstyle Homemade Italian Minestrone Soup...

Hot soup and hot toasted bread with butter... no other meal satisfies a hungry family like this does. You will need to buy: a one pound package of beef stew meat (or a small pork shoulder) two small zucchini, celery, one onion, carrots and one large can of whole or diced tomatoes unless you have fresh frozen and of course, tortellini or a wide egg noodle pasta.

Fill a large stock pot with water, salt generously but don't overdue it. Once it boils, add a small beef bouillon and one whole onion skinned and cut in half, then add the stew meat or the pork shoulder. Let this come to a rolling boil uncovered for about 10 min. on high heat.

Reduce the heat to med and add one large can of either whole/diced tomatoes or 2 cups of fresh frozen, thawed. Next, add a bag of baby carrots-washed and sliced, cubed zucchini skin on and a few very young celery stalks with tops along with fresh dried herbs: rosemary, mint, oregano and sage. And, put in a dash of white or black pepper but not necessary.

Let this soup slowly boil on med heat for 60 min partially covered. Cook tortellini pasta on the side to be added to individual bowls.

Once the pasta is tender, drain and spoon into individual bowls, top with soup, sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese and put out toasted bread, roll or muffin with fresh creamy butter.

~ Tutti a Tavola!

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