Carlo’s Minestrone Soup

Carlo’s Minestrone Soup

from Cook.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. red beans
  • 1 lg. or 2 sm. ham hocks
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 2 celery stalks or fennel bulbs
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard or Beet Greens, chopped
  • 1 c. green beans
  • 1 onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 c. cooked small elbow macaroni
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Oil

Instructions

Rinse beans, cover and soak overnight. Drain beans and add with ham hocks and bay leaf to a large pot. Cover with 3-4 inches of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer 2 hours or until beans are practically done. Remove ham hocks, cut off meat, and return to pot. Add carrots, fennel, beet greens & green beans When they are almost cooked, add macaroni. In a small fry pan, add onion, oil and garlic. Cook on low until transparent. Add tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Cook 10 min, then add to large pot.

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