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Studying different culinary terms, learning and practicing recipes all the time. I am very passionate about food and family. I cook at work and at home.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Minestrone Soup

¼ C Pancetta (small dice)
4 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 medium Yellow Onions (small dice)
3 stalk Celery (small dice)
1 medium Carrot (small dice)
4 Cloves Garlic (sliced)
6 oz Fresh Green Beans (trimmed and sliced on a ½ inch bias)
1½ qt Chicken Stock (previous recipe)
8 oz Chickpeas
8 oz Zucchini (seeds removed, small dice)
8 oz Yellow Squash (seeds removed, small dice)
8 oz Roma Tomatoes (seeds removed, small dice)
3 oz fresh Basil (roughly chopped)
2 oz fresh Oregano (finely chopped)
¼ C Ditalini Pasta
Salt (to taste)
Black Pepper (to taste)
Parmesan Cheese (garnish)

In a large stockpot, render pancetta in olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté pancetta, stirring constantly to avoid browning completely, for about 3 minutes. Add onions, celery, carrots, garlic and greens beans sweat until onions are translucent.
Add chicken stock, chickpeas, zucchini and squash, simmer. Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes and add tomatoes and pasta. Continue to simmer, for about 10 more minutes, until the pasta is al denté. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Garnish with Parmesan cheese before serving. Great served with garlic bread.