Hearty Minestrone Soup

Makes: 12 servings | Yields: 18 cups
Prep: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 6 -8 cups shredded cabbage or packaged shredded cabbage with carrot (coleslaw mix)
  • 3 medium red potatoes, diced (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups chopped carrots (4 medium)
  • 2 cups chopped zucchini (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped, trimmed fresh green beans (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked navy or white kidney beans or 1 15-ounce can navy or white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
  • 1 4 - ounce wedge Parmesan cheese
  • 2 32 - ounce carton chicken broth
  • 1 14 1/2 - ounce can stewed tomatoes, undrained and cut up
  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • Sourdough or French bread slices (optional)

Directions

In a 7- to 8-quart Dutch oven, heat oil and butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until onions are tender and golden, stirring occasionally. Add cabbage, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, green beans, navy beans, celery, basil and oregano. Cook, uncovered, for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, remove rind from Parmesan cheese. Wrap the cheese rind in a double layer of 100 percent cotton cheesecloth. Finely shred the Parmesan cheese; cover and chill until serving time.

Stir broth, undrained tomatoes and rice into the mixture in the Dutch oven. Bring to boiling; reduce heat to low. Add wrapped cheese rind. Simmer, covered, for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

To serve, remove and discard cheese rind. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. If you like, serve with sourdough bread. Makes 18 cups, 12 (1-1/2-cup) servings.

 

Recipe from midwestliving.com

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