*  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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                         Ingredients:
    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
 
 Instructions:
 * Pick over beans to remove stones and empty shells. Place in 4-quart 
 bowl, add 2 quarts water, and soak overnight. Drain and rinse
 thoroughly. 
 If preferred, follow instructions for quick-soaking method on package of 
 beans. 
 * 
 * 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.
 Cook 
 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
 to 
 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
 I 
 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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 NOTES : MCCORMICK'S 
        
        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
 a 
        child’s lunch.  It is a delicious soup.