The Godmother's
Homemade Minestrone Soup

"Late at-a-night, after the Godfather comes-a-home from a hard night's-a-work,
he enjoys this special homemade-a-soup I make-a-for him. It's-a-something
the Godfather cannot-a-refuse!"

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Minestrone Soup

    1 large leek and 1 zucchini, thinly sliced
    2 carrots, chopped
    4 ounces whole green beans, halved
    2 celery sticks, thinly sliced
    3 tablespoons olive oil
    1 1/2 quarts vegetable stock or water
    1 pound chopped tomatoes
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    1 (16 ounce) can cannellini beans
    1/4 cup small pasta shapes, such as tubetti or macaroni
    Add salt, ground black pepper, chopped fresh parsley and
    finely grated Parmesan cheese

"Ahh, cutesy, this is very simple."

    In a large saucepan place the olive oil, leek, carrots, zucchini, green beans and celery.

    Heat until sizzling.

    Cover, lower heat and cook for 15 minutes shaking the pan occasionally.

    Add the stock or water, tomatoes, herbs and seasoning.

    Bring to a boil, replace the lid and simmer gently for 30 minutes.

    Add the beans and their liquid together, with the pasta, and simmer for 10 minutes.

    Check the seasoning and serve hot, sprinkled with fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese.

    "It serves four bambinos. Try it. Go ahead!!!

The Godmother recommends a clean kitchen when cooking.
"Be sure and RUB OUT those nasty-nasty stains in your sink!"

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