Minestrone Soup

We are in the middle of installing flooring for our whole upstairs. It is not an easy job. I made this soup because it only took a few minutes in the morning, then I left it simmering all day so that we would could have something delicious, warm and wonderful after a hard day’s work. This is a really good soup. It’s a cozy, cold weather, sitting on the stove all day type of soup.

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Start by chopping up two onions, three carrots, three ribs of celery and about half a large butternut squash. If you want to use meat you can use sausage, pancetta or bacon (I used thick cut prosciutto, because that’s what we had). Cut up the meat into small chunks and fry it in the bottom of a large pot. Then add the onions. Once everything is brown add in about 2 cups of wine (I used red, again because it was already there, but use whatever kind you like). Turn the heat down to medium-low. Add in a carton of broth and the rest of the vegetables. Add some salt, pepper and a little chili powder (if you feel like it). Add in a can of crushed tomatoes. Leave everything to simmer.

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Once the vegetables start getting soft add in white beans (I used Great Northern). I used about a cup I think. Tear up some kale and add it in. Turn the heat down to low. If it gets too thick, add more broth or water. It’s really good thick, though. A little before you are ready to eat, boil some pasta, anything small will work. To serve, put a few spoonfuls of pasta in a bowl, ladle in the soup and then put a little sprinkle of parmesan on top. Serve with crusty bread.

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