Quick and Easy Minestrone Soup

By FarmgirlGourmet
March 24, 2011
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Author Notes: This recipe was adapted from a recipe card from Home Grocer back in the late 90's when they were in business in Seattle. It was a great quick weeknight meal that was loved by the entire family.FarmgirlGourmet

Serves: 6

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 bacon slices, cut to bite sized
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 15 oz cans diced tomato
  • 10 ounces can Kidney Beans
  • 10 ounces can Cannellini Beans
  • 9 ounces can Garbanzo Beans
  • 1/2 cup Italian parsley, chopped
  • 6 large basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons oregano, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups shaped pasta
  1. Saute the bacon until crisp in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, about 5 minutes. Remove the oil and fat from the pan leaving about 1 tablespoon.
  2. Add the chopped onion, celery and carrot and saute until the vegetables begin to get soft. About 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 1 minute more.
  3. Add the broth, tomatoes, beans and chopped herbs and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the pasta and cook for 8 minutes more.
  5. Serve in big bowls with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.

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