Sunday, December 13, 2009

Clean out the Kitchen Minestrone

This is SO flavorful and soul satisfying!

2 cans or 3 cups fresh cooked beans (any kind you like)
1 sweet vidalia or other onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 sweet italian sausages (can be skipped if you're going veggie, but find something with flavor)
2 carrots peeled and chopped
1 parsnip peeled and chopped
1 bunch kale, hard stems removed and chopped
1 large or 2 medium yellow or red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
2 zucchini choped
3 28-oz cans crushed tomatoes
2 14 1/2 oz cans broth - any kind

2 T pesto, or more to taste
2 T oregano, or more to taste
salt and pepper to taste
parmesan cheese

This makes a HUGE batch - get our your biggest pot and prepare to share!

Coat the bottom of the soup pan with olive oil over medium heat. Dump in sausage and brown, chopping up with a wooden spoon as you go. Add onions, garlic, carrots, peston, oregano, some salt, and parsnip, and stir around till they begin to get tender. Toss in kale, peppers, and zucchini and stir around till kale wilts and all veggies are tender. Dump in tomatoes and broth, maybe adding more broth if you need to cover it well, or water works fine too. Bring to a boil for a few minutes, then reduce to simmer. Add more seasonings if you like and serve with a few spoonfuls of pesto and or parmesan cheese and some crusty bread! Very soul satisfying in cool weather! 



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