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Soup: Minestra di Campagna

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Margi Cintrano View Drop Down
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    Posted: 07 April 2012 at 09:13
 Country Minnestrone is a simple hearty soup with uncountable variations throughout Italy. This version is from Apulia, Basilicata, Sicilia and Calabria, in southern Italy. The recipe hails from the 1500s, from the Galley Kitchens aboard large fishing vessels.
Cinesini, Ditali Rigati or Occhi di Pernice ( tiny macaroni variety )
6 cups Vegetable or chicken stock
2 large onions or spring onions
1 leek finely chopped
1 carrot finely chopped
1 celery stalk finely chopped
1 zucchini chopped finely
2 peeled, de-seeded ripe red tomatoes finely chopped
8 ounces of broccoli rabe shredded into one inch pieces
salt and pepper
parsley herb
a pinch of oregano
Reggiano Parmesano / Pecorino Sardo
1/2 cup Cannelli Beans soaked overinight in salted water
172 cup Fava Beans ( broad beans ) soaked overnight water
1. soak the 2 types of beans in salted water over night ( 2 separate pots )
2. bring fava to boil in their soaking liquid until 1/2 cooked ( 30 mins. )
3. do same for the Cannelli beans ( 30 mins. )
4. Using a sharp small knife, make small slit into the skin of each bean. Peel off outer shell and discard.
5. bring veg. stock or chicken stock, to boil in large stock pot
6. partially covered, simmer over medium heat, add the beans and cook 1 hour
7. then, add the vegetables and readjust the seasoning ( cook vegetables 1/2 hr. until tender )
8. Finishing: ladle in bowls and drizzle 1 tblsp Evoo
 and sprinkle the freshly grated cheese over the top.
9. I prepare my macaroni boiled in another pot -- then, strain it ... I place it in bowls and pour the soup atop. I drizzle a little Evoo so it is not dry and adjust the salt.
Serve with crusty bread and a glass of wine.
Written by: Margaux Cintrano.  
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