Gambardella's Minestrone Soup

Category : Soup

Yield: 16 Servings

Ingredients (Help):
1/2 c Dry cannellini or Great
Northern beans
1/2 c Dry red kidney beans
1/2 c Dry garbanzo beans
1/2 c Dry lentils
1/4 c Dry split peas
1 sm White potato, peeled & diced
4 Or 5 cups chicken or beef
2 pk (16 oz pkgs) frozen Italian
1/4 c Olive oil
1 lg Onion, peeled and chopped
4 Cloves garlic, peeled and
1 md Red bell pepper, stemmed,
Seeded and chopped
3 lg Stalks celery, diced
1 md Bulb fennel, chopped
1/3 c Fresh basil, chopped
1/2 c Fresh oregano, chopped
1/4 c Parsley stems, chopped
1/4 ts Dried rosemary, crushed
1 tb Fennel seeds
1 tb Coarse salt
1 ts Freshly ground black pepper
1 c Fresh ripe tomatoes, diced,
Or peeled and diced canned
Cooked pasta or rice

1. Soak the cannellini, kidney and garbanzo beans, lentils and peas in lots
of water to cover overnight. The next day, cook in 3 cups water 20 minutes;
skim the foam from the top. Do not drain. 2. Simmer the potatoes in 1 cup
broth 15 minutes; set aside. (Do not drain either preparation.) 3. In a
heavy-bottomed 8-quart pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the
onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery and fennel; saute until the onions are
golden. Add the basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, fennel seeds, salt and
pepper; add simmered beans, undrained potato and vegetables, and tomatoes.
Simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Add a little more broth if needed. 4.
Serve over pasta or rice


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