1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
medium onion, diced
3 diced carrots
3 stalks diced celery
fresh green beans
1 clove garlic diced
3 (13 3/4 oz) cans beef broth
1 1/2 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
teaspoon salt and pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil (or 1/2 teaspoon.
1 bay leaf
1 (1 pound) can white or red kidney beans,
1/2 cup dry elbows, tubetti, spaghetti or linguini broken into small
Garnish with : chopped basil, oregano, and italian parsley, (flat
parsley) Parmesan cheese
Rinse and cut zucchini down the center and
then lengthwise. Remove the green portions of the leeks, the base and the outer
skin. Slice in 4 lengthwise, rinse and dice.
Heat oil and butter in a soup
pot. Add onions and cook until golden. Then add carrots, celery, leeks and
zucchini; cook for 5 minutes over low heat. Add green beans and garlic; cook
for 1 minute.
Add broth, water and tomatoes with liquid. Add salt, pepper,
basil, rosemary and bay leaf. Stir. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer
for 1/2 hour.
Add dry pasta and simmer for 30 minutes. Drain and rinse beans
well and then add to soup. Mix well, simmer for 10 minutes and serve. Stir in
chopped basil, oregano, and italian parsley, (flat parsley). Serve with grated
Note: Shredded cabbage, diced potatoes, and coarsely
chopped raw spinach, can also be added to minestrone. The Genoa minestrone has