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Hearty Minestrone

Posted by Astra on October 21, 2009

heart minestroneHere is another delicious, nutritious slow-cooker soup to complement the busy mom’s recipe book!

 

 

 

1 T       olive oil
1          lg onion, chopped
3          cloves garlic, minced
2          bay leaves
½ t      salt and pepper
1          can tomato paste – 5.5 oz/156ml
1           smoked ham hock (1lb/500g)
1          piece Parmesan cheese rind (optional)
8 c       water
1          large potato, peeled and cubed
1          sweet red pepper, diced
1          small zucchini, sliced or chopped
1 c       dried pasta
1 c       each rinsed and drained canned red and white kidney beans

Cook pasta before adding otherwise it will be too mushy.
Fry onion, celery, carrots, garlic, bay leaves, salt and pepper and scrape into slow cooker.
Stir in tomato paste, ham hock, parmesan rind, potato, red and white beans and water.
Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until ham can be easily pulled off the bone.
Discard bay leaves, parmesan rind and ham bone.
Increase heat to high and stir in red pepper, zucchini for 20 more minutes.
Add cooked pasta.

Enjoy!

From Canadian Living’s Comfort Cooking, Winter 2007

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