*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                           McCormick’s Minestrone
 Recipe By     : McCormick’s 
 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
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   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      cup           dry beans (Great Northern -- kidney, pinto,
                         lima, or mixture)
    4      quarts        plus 4 to 6 cups water -- divided
      1/4  cup           olive oil
      1/4  cup           chopped celery
      1/4  cup           chopped green bell pepper
      1/4  cup           McCormick (r) Instant Chopped Onions
    1      tablespoon    McCormick (r) Parsley Flakes
      1/8  teaspoon      McCormick (r) Instant Minced Garlic
    1      can           whole tomatoes -- (28 ounces) cut
                         into small pieces
      1/2  lb            spinach -- washed, stems
                         removed, and torn into bite- size pcs.
    1      cup           peeled -- diced potato
    1      cup           chopped cabbage
    1      cup           chopped zucchini
      1/2  cup           elbow macaroni
    1      tablespoon    McCormick (r) Beef Flavor Base
    1      tablespoon    McCormick (r) Season-All Seasoned Salt
    1      teaspoon      McCormick (r) Ground Thyme
      1/4  teaspoon      McCormick (r) Italian Seasoning
      1/4  teaspoon      McCormick (r) Ground Black Pepper
      1/8  teaspoon      McCormick (r) Rubbed Sage
                         Grated Parmesan cheese to serve
 * Pick over beans to remove stones and empty shells. Place in 4-quart 
 bowl, add 2 quarts water, and soak overnight. Drain and rinse
 If preferred, follow instructions for quick-soaking method on package of 
 * Place 2 quarts fresh water and beans in Dutch oven or large saucepan. 
 Heat to boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until 
 beans are tender. 
 * Heat oil in skillet. Add celery, green bell pepper, chopped onions, 
 parsley, and minced garlic. Sauté but do not brown. Add to beans.  
 * Add remaining ingredients except water and cheese to beans. Cover and 
 simmer 30 minutes. 
 * Add 4 to 6 additional cups water, depending on consistency desired.
 until heated through. 
 * Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. 
 * Tip:  
 * This is a thick soup. If desired, thin with additional boiling water
 desired consistency. 
 Makes 12 servings, 1 cup each or 6 2 cup main meal servings.
 Due to the fact some of McCormick’s products are not available in Canada
 have substituted OXO Low Sodium Beef bouillon packets for McCormick (r) 
 Beef Flavor Base also did not use seasoned salt to lower sodium.  
 This soup is a excellent cold weather soup.
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        This was in my Word Recipe Cookbook, not sure if I copied from a 
        brochure or from the Internet.  It is a great soup to include in
        child’s lunch.  It is a delicious soup.