No Bean Minestrone

For those who like the taste of minestrone soup but wish to avoid the beans--try this recipe.

2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 lg onion, diced
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks celery with leaves, diced
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 med potatoes, peeled and diced
2 zucchini, sliced
1 lg fresh tomato, peeled and diced
1 can (16 oz) Italian tomatoes
1/4 C chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tsp each: salt, sugar, pepper, oregano, basil
1 qt stock (McKay's seasoning)
1/2 head green cabbage, sliced fine
1 bay leaf
1 C small pasta or broken spaghetti
Parmesan cheese

Pour about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in large stock pot. Cook onion and garlic, celery and carrot for 5-10 minutes, Add the rest of the vegetables except spinach. Add seasoning and stock, bring to a boil then reduce heat and cover. Simmer 1 hour stirring occasionally. Add pasta last 10 minutes. When the pasta is done add spinach and cook 5 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Serve with Parmesan cheese, if desired, and crusty bread.

Servings: 6-8

Submitted by Betty Fike

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