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  • 1 c Chopped onions
  • 1 c Chopped green peppers
  • 3 Garlic cloves; minced
  • 3 tb Olive oil
  • 1 c Chopped celery
  • 1 c Chopped carrots
  • 1 c Chopped zucchini
  • 1 tb Vegetable seasoning
  • 1 ds Cayenne pepper; or to taste
  • 1 ts Dried oregano
  • 2 ts Fresh basil
  • (or 1 tspn dried basil)
  • 1 1/2 c Cooked white beans or garbanzo beans
  • 1/2 c Uncooked small pasta
  • 1 c Chopped tomatoes including juice; thawed if frozen
  • 4 c Water
  • 1/4 c Chopped fresh parsley
  • Parmesan cheese


In a large heavy pot, saute onions, green peppers and garlic in oil until wilted. Add celery, carrots, zucchini, vegetable seasoning, cayenne, oregano and basil. Mix well. Cover and let steam for 10 minutes. Add beans, pasta, tomatoes and (if serving right away) water. Bring to a boil and simmer until vegetables are just tender. At serving time, sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan cheese.
Comments: Minestrone freezes very well. The soup can be prepared during the gardening season and frozen, omitting water to save space. Or assemble it from frozen ingredients during the winter. It can be frozen for nine months.
Recipe Source: Home & Garden TV -- Home Grown Cooking - Episode 162
Formatted for MasterCook by Nancy Berry -
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