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Winter Minestrone

Here is another great soup recipe from the new Moosewood cookbook. It was a little too spicy for me, but it was just right for my husband. The original used oil and I used red wine, as usual. I was talking on the phone while cutting the veggies and just guessed at the correct amounts.

Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special has a minestrone for each season, and I intend to make each as the appropriate season rolls around.

One cup is 1 WW point.


                     *  Exported from  MasterCook  *

                            Winter Minestrone

Recipe By     : adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special, page 106
Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
Categories    : Beans And Legumes                Soups And Stews

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
   1 1/2  cups          chopped onions
   5                    garlic cloves -- (5 to 6)
                        minced or pressed
   1      cup           diced celery
   2      tablespoons   red wine
   1      teaspoon      salt
   1      cup           peeled and diced carrots
   1      cup           peeled and diced parsnips
   1      cup           chopped fennel bulb
   1 1/2  cups          peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
   2      teaspoons     ground fennel seeds
   2      teaspoons     dried oregano
     1/8  teaspoon      dried red pepper flakes -- up to 1/4
   1      teaspoon      freshly ground dried rosemary
                        OR 1 fresh rosemary sprig
   3      cups          canned tomatoes in Juice -- chopped or pureed
   2      cups          water -- up to 3
     1/2  cup           dry red wine -- (optional)
   1 1/2  cups          cooked drained kidney beans -- (15-ounce can)
     3/4  cup           chopped fresh parsley

Serves 6 to 8. Yields 12 cups. Preparation time: 25 minutes. Simmering time: 30 to 40 minutes.

Bursting with a multitude of naturally sweet root vegetables and bolstered by red and/or white beans, this hefty soup makes a meal for 6 to 8 people--and you may have leftovers. It is, as with many soups, thicker and even more delicious the second day. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of water before reheating, if you want a brothier soup.

White and red kidneys are both fine, and if you prefer to substitute another type of bean, go right ahead.

In a large nonreactive soup pot, saute the onions, garlic, and celery in red wine on low heat for 10 minutes. Stir in the salt, carrots, parsnips, and chopped fennel, and then cover and continue to cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the sweet potatoes, ground fennel, oregano, red pepper flakes, and rosemary and simmer for about 5 minutes. (If the vegetables stick or begin to brown, add a splash of water.) Add the tomatoes, water, and, if using, the wine. Cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Add the beans and parsley and cook for another 10 minutes. Serve plain or topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

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