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Ron's Meatball-less minestrone

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Posted to Thread #23883 at 9:56 pm on Feb 19, 2013

When the frozen mixed veggies are on sale, I stock up and we make a large pot of Ron's Meatball Minestrone, without meatballs but with extra vegetables and protein-rich beans. We serve it as the main course along with a small meat/fish/chicken/pork/egg "side dish". Meat as a condiment!

Our most recent batch had 1 large onion coarsely chopped and 2 cloves of minced garlic sauteed in a bit of olive oil, adding 4 cups of low sodium beef stock/broth, 4 cups of low sodium chicken stock/broth, 1 can Campbell's consomme, plus half of that can filled with red wine, 2-28 oz undrained cans of Dei Fratelli Italian diced tomatoes (Fresh & Ready), 1/2 tsp dried rosemary, 3/4 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp dried basil, 1/4 tsp black pepper, 6 peppercorns, 2 bay leaves, 2 small chunks of parmesan rind, 8 cups of frozen mixed veggies and 2 packages of Green Giant frozen Vision blend (for the zucchini). Simmer for 45 minutes and then add 1/4 cup of ditalini pasta (or 1/2 cup macaroni/shells), 1 drained and rinsed can of garbanzos, 1 can of drained, rinsed and mashed cannellini beans (or toss into the food processor with some of the soup broth), and as many fresh spinach leaves as I feel up to stemming, rolling and chiffonading. Simmer for another 30 minutes. Freezes well.

Link: Ron's Meatball Minestrone

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