good minestrone soup recipe
Any recs for your favorite minestrone soup?
The Cook's Illustrated recipe is a great one. We're just finishing up a pot of that I made earlier in the week- it makes up a huge batch. I always save the rinds on my parmesan cheeses w/ that recipe in mind. If you don't have The Best Recipe cookbook where the recipe appears, let me know and I'll post a paraphrased recipe.
1 pound hot Italian sausage
1 pound mild Italian sausage
1 chopped onion
3 carrots, chopped
1 zucchini, sliced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 quarts chicken broth
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans cannelloni beans, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon dried basil
1⁄4 cup Zinfandel
2 cups large shell-shaped pasta
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
1. Squeeze sausages from casings into a large pan. Cook until brown and crumbly, approximately 10 minutes. Discard fat.
2. Add carrots, onion, zucchini, and garlic. Cook for about 6 minutes until onions are soft.
3. Add chicken broth, tomatoes, beans, basil, and Zinfandel. Bring to a boil.
4. Add pasta. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes until pasta is tender.
5. Add salt and pepper. Serve into bowls and top with parmesan cheese.
From the January 2007 issue of the wine newsletter at this web site: http://www.cheers2wine.com
Arthur Schwartz has a great Minestrone with Swiss Chard. This is a slightly different minestrone that the kitchen sink variety but it is a truly delicious soup. Once I made it with veal stock and it was to die for. Sometimes I add diced pancetta at the begining. The Parmesan rind really adds a lot, if you have it.
HEARTY AUTUMN MINESTRONE (from a Turning Leaf ad, ingredients verbatim, directions paraphrased)
2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 oz pancetta, finely chopped [or bacon]
1 med onion, chopped
1 lg. carrot, chopped
1/2 small fennel bulb, chopped [I use it all]
1 TBS minced garlic
2 tsp minced fresh thyme
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
6 cups chicken stock
1 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks [I often use sweet potato instead]
1 bay leaf
Coarse salt and cracked black pepper
4 cups chopped Swiss chard leaves
1/4 lb green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed [I use whatever kind of bean I have and usually add 2 cans]
Heat oil and add next seven ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Add stock, squash or sweet potato, S&P, bring to boil. Reduce heat, simmer partially covered, 15 min. Add chard, greed beans, tomatoes, simmer 10 min. Puree 1/2 cup cannellini and 1/2 cup soup. Add puree and remaining beans to soup; simmer 5 min.
I like to add a parmesan rind while cooking or grated parm to serve. Sometimes I add crumbled cooked Italian sausage to make it heartier. A sprinkle of red pepper flakes is good too. This is so good I make it all the time and count on having portions in the freezer.