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Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio

by James Belardo

The Roman’s recognized the benefits of a simple diet, which was based mainly on vegetables because meat was not always available. Today, the classic Italian Minestrone soup is as varied as they come, every cook may have their own particular set of ingredients. Basic ingredients such as onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes and beans are the key ingredients. Seasonal vegetables set the tone of most Minestrones. Purists believe that the stock should be bean based but some prefer to use a meat based stock such as chicken or beef. We prefer the classic, bean-based stock. The type of beans that are considered the ‘genuine’ bean for Minestrone is the Borlotti bean (also referred to as Romano beans), we find Cannellini works well too.

Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - ingredients

1 can Borlotti/Romano beans (or Cannellini)
1 can chick peas
2 carrots, sliced
4 stalks celery, sliced
1 cup green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
1 zucchini, sliced and halved
1 small onion, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
1 cup hand crushed tomatoes
4 cups vegetable stock
4 cups water
1 cup white wine (Pinot Grigio)
4 tbsp olive oil
fresh lemon juice (1/2 medium-large lemon)
Flat-leaf parsley
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional
Salt and Pepper to taste

note:  saved ‘broccoli stalks’ make a nice addition 

Pecorino Romano

Pasta (suggested)

1. Pre-heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven. Cook onions until they begin to turn translucent and then add the diced garlic and the optional Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes).

Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - sauté onions & garlic

2. As the garlic ‘begins’ to brown add the diced carrots and celery.
Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - carrots & celery

3. Add the zucchini when the carrots and celery begin to turn tender and become slightly soft.
Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - zucchini

4. Stir frequently allowing the zucchini to cook on all side, then add the green beans
Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - green beans

5. At this point you may need to add 1 or 2 tbsps of olive oil

6. Once all of vegetables appear cooked you should fold in the mushrooms and let cook for 5 -10 minutes.
Minestrone - mushrooms

7. Add 1 cup water and let come to a boil before adding 1 cup of wine.
Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - 1c water

8. When soup comes back to a boil, add a cup of vegetable stock and some bay leaves.
Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - 1c veg stock Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - bay leaves

9. Once coming to a boil once again, add the cup of crushed tomatoes and let cook for 5-10 minutes.
Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - 1c hand crushed tomatoes

10. Once the soup comes to a boil, once again, add the beans.
Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - ceci and cannelloni beans

11. Always allowing the soup to come to a boil after adding each cup of liquid, begin adding in this order, water, stock, water, stock, water and stock.
Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - water + stock etc...

12. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper

13. Sometimes it’s best to cook the pasta separately, it’s entirely up to you.
Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - pasta
14. In the last minutes of cooking before the pasta is fully cooked, add the parsley.
Cucina Dello Zio #homemade #Minestrone Soup #CucinaDelloZio - parsley
15. Top with Pecorino Romano cheese (or Parmesan if you prefer).


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Written by Zio James

May 4, 2015 at 5:45 PM

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