*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                                 Minestrone
 
 Recipe By     : Miriam Podcameni Posvolsky
 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :1:40
 Categories    : Soups
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1      lb            zucchini
      1/2  cup           olive  oil
    2                    onions -- thinly sliced
    1      cup           carrots -- diced
    1      cup           celery -- diced
    1      cup           green beans -- sliced
    3      cups          Chinese cabbage -- thinly shredded
    1 1/2  cups          white beans
    8      cups          homemade beef broth
    4                    peeled and seeded tomatoes -- chopped
                         salt and freshly ground pepper
    1      teaspoon      oregano
    1      cup           very small pasta shells
 
 Soak and cook beans.
 Wash zucchini well, trim ends and dice.
 Cook onion in oil until wilted and pale gold. Add carrots and cook 3
 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add celery and cook 3 minutes stirring
 occasionally.
 Add green beans, cook 3 minutes. Add zucchini and stir all occasionally
 after a few minutes. Add cabbage and cook  another 6 minutes. Add tomatoes,
 cook 5 minutes. Pour broth, salt and pepper.
 Cover and simmer 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
 Add the drained white beans and  cook 15 minutes.
 Finally add the pasta and cook 20 to 30 minutes until pasta is done and you
 have a thick soup.
 
 
 
 
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 Serving Ideas : Serve with parmesan cheese.
 
 NOTES : Adapted from “ Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking”  by Marcella
 Hazan.