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Ristorante della Fontana's minestrone soup
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup diced onions
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup pearl barley
3 cups water
1 cup chopped cabbage
1 cup chopped spinach
1 cup green beans, chopped into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 cup canned kidney beans
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 (32-ounce) boxes beef broth plus 1 cup
1 cup ditalini pasta
In a large pot over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the onions, carrots and celery. Cook until the onions are translucent and the other vegetables are softened, about 7 minutes. Remove from the pot and set aside.
Add the pearl barley and water to the pot, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, about 35 minutes.
Add the cabbage, spinach and green beans and continue to cook, covered, until the spinach has wilted and the cabbage is tender, about 10 minutes.
Add the garlic, kidney beans, tomatoes, salt, pepper, basil, oregano and beef broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook, covered, about 15 minutes.
Add the pasta and continue to cook, uncovered and stirring occasionally, another 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Makes • 5 quarts
Source: Adapted from Ristorante della Fontana
What's in beef bouillon?
Here's what is in Wyler's instant bouillon beef cubes that were, I confess, in my pantry.
Salt, hydrolyzed soy protein, sodium bicarbonate, monosodium glutamate, sugar, onion powder, beef fat, hydrolyzed corn protein, dextrose, corn syrup solids, beef stock, garlic powder, beef extract, natural beef flavor, water, soybean oil, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, hydrolyzed torula and brewers yeast protein, corn maltodextrin, caramel color, autolyzed yeast extract, calcium silicate, hydrolyzed wheat gluten protein, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, natural flavors, lactic acid, silicon dioxide, calcium lactate (milk), soy lecithin, artificial beef flavor, tricalcium phosphate, prophyl gallate, fd&c red #40, butter fat, alpha tocopherol (antioxidant), BHA (preservative), citric acid.
Lesli J. Neilson