Minestrone with Dried Beans

minestrone

 

This was the minestrone we prepared last week; we didn’t get leftovers!

Please, take this recipe as general guide as you can use the vegetables and the ingredients you have on hand: for example also some wine, chili, pesto or some tomato paste. For a non-vegetarian soup you can fry some chopped bacon with the onions.

This gives a big pot of comforting soup.

You need:Minestrone Ingredients

  • 200 g dried beans, mixed
  • 3 -4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 -3 carrot, diced
  • 2 leeks, cleaned and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 celery root, peeled and diced
  • 6 -8 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon broth, concentrate quantity to taste ( can be vegetables broth)
  • parsley, chopped to taste ( or other herbs to taste)
  • Pepper, to taste

Procedure:

  1. The day before: place beans in a big bowl with water to soak.
  2. In a big pot fry the onion in the oil until translucent.
    Add carrots, leek, bell pepper and celery. Fry stirring from time to time for about 10 minutes.
  3. Add water, rinsed beans, broth concentrate parsley and bring to boil.
  4. Add pepper and add more broth concentrate to taste (or add salt).
  5. Simmer for 90 minutes or according the package instructions of the beans. If necessary add more water.
  6. Enjoy with rustic bread.
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