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Genoa Style Minestrone Soup

Genoa Style Minestrone Soup

minestrone-soup

Cook Time 2 – 3 hours, Serves 6 – 8

Ingredients:

4 quarts water

1 pound ham

1 pound bony chicken parts

1/4 pound sliced prosciutto or bacon

2 cups diced potato

2 cups sliced celery

1 16 oz. can stewed tomatoes with juice (unseasoned)

4 small zucchini, sliced in 1/2 -inch pieces

1 1/2 cups sliced leeks

1 pound Italian (Romano) green beans or lima beans, or whatever you may have in your pantry kidney, black beans, navy beans . Canned is good.

1/2 cup salad

macaroni (ditalini,” Little thimbles” in Italian. A smaller cousin of elbow macaroni, ditalini is a straight smooth tubular shape.)

1 pound fresh peas, shelled

3 to 4 cups shredded white cabbage

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon basil

Pesto sauce

Directions:

Combine water, ham, chicken, and prosciutto, and bring to boiling.

Cover and simmer 2 hours.

Strain and reserve stock; discard bones.

Bring stock to boiling and add potatoes; cover and simmer 10 minutes.

Remove cover and add celery, zucchini, leeks, green beans, and macaroni and simmer 5 minutes.

Stir in peas and cabbage and cook 4 or 5 minutes more.

Salt and pepper to taste.

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Beef Cabbage Carrot Soup

Beef Cabbage Carrot Soup

Total time:3 hrs. 30 mins

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 3 hrs.

This is a delicious, hearty soup full of cabbage, carrots, ground or left over roast beef and onions. Tomato base and just the right amount of herbs and spices.   Beef provides flavor and protein for this delicious soup made with cabbage, vegetables, herbs, and wine. The soup is slow-simmered for 3 hours to tenderize the beef, so plan ahead. This is a restaurant favorite. Wonderful served with … warm crusty buttered bread.**

1 lb. beef cut in small cubes or 1 1/4 lb. course or chili ground beef 85-15 (1/2 inch or less drain off fat)

1 medium head cabbage (chopped)

1 sweet onion (sliced)

4 -6 carrots (sliced)

2 stalks celery (sliced)

1/2 cup good red wine

1 quart (4 cups) beef stock

1 cups chicken stock.(optional, contrasting flavors are always best)

1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, undrained (optional, I drain them, and use ½ can of the beans)

3 ounces tomato paste

Water as needed

1 (28 ounce) can tomatoes, chopped and liquid added to soup (I use stewed tomatoes, plain)

Worcestershire sauce to taste.

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

3/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

Chop onion, cabbage, carrots and celery. Sauté in 2 tbsp. olive oil. (Do not brown!) Just sauté till the vegetables are tender. Remove to Large Pot.

Use same pan as above and cook beef then drain off fat. Add to Pot.

Add remaining ingredients to the large pot and stir well.  This is a thin water based soup.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer till all vegetables are very tender.  Taste to check and adjust seasoning.  Add as necessary. Serve with a crusty bread and butter. Enjoy!

**You can also add a few Brussels Sprouts to this dish. Cooked with the soup, they enhance the flavor tremendously.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

2 (12 count each) packages of mushroom stuffer caps

6 tablespoons of butter, divided

1/2 cup of chopped onion, finely minced

1/4 cup of chopped green bell pepper, finely minced

2 slices of white or white wheat bread, toasted

1/2 pound of fresh lump crabmeat

1 egg

Pinch of salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning (like Slap Ya Mama)

1/2 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning

Couple shakes of dried parsley

1 tablespoon of dried bread crumbs

1 tablespoon of shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

Lemon wedges

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat and add the onion and bell

pepper; cook until softened, remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile, toast

the bread slices, sprinkle each piece with a good spray of water to wet them thoroughly and

set aside in a bowl to let sit for about 2 minutes. Pick through the crabmeat to check for stray

cartilage and shell; set aside.

 

Melt the remaining butter. Squeeze out the bread and break it up. Add the egg to the bread

and mix. Add the salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, Old Bay, and parsley; carefully turn until well

mixed. Add the crab and half of the melted butter, gently mix.

 

Brush the tops of the mushroom caps with the butter and bake at 350 degrees F for 5 minutes.

 

Remove, flip the caps over and brush with butter. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out the

crab mixture and top each mushroom cap. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of bread crumbs and a tiny

sprinkle of Parmesan, or slices of brick or provolove cheese if desired. Drizzle top with remaining butter.

 

Bake at 350 degrees F about 20 minutes, or until mushroom has give to it and is cooked

through. Serve warm with wedges of lemon.

 

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