364: Minestrone

I decided to make Minestrone for Christmas Eve dinner. This recipe took a lot of chopping time, but it was mostly hands-off following that. I used bacon in place of pancetta, frying it pretty crisp. I sauteed all the vegetables in the bacon grease, to which I drizzled a little olive oil. I used a red onion since that’s what I had, and guessed at how many potatoes were a half pound. We couldn’t find kale, so I used 10 cups cabbage total instead of 4 cups cabbage and 6 cups kale. After the vegetable soup cooked for an hour, it was time to add the beans. I didn’t feel like dragging out the blender, so I smashed up a cup of cooked beans with a cup of the liquid, and poured the rest of the cooked beans directly in the soup. This cooked for another 15 minutes. I thought about adding a little pasta to it, even though the recipe didn’t call for it, but the pot was extremely full and we were ready to eat.

Minestrone

This was pretty good. It had a good flavor. With all the bacon grease, it actually reminded me a little of bean with bacon soup. Everyone went back for seconds on this one. I only added a little olive oil instead of the third cup that this recipe calls for (since they actually fry pancetta in the oil, rather than generate grease from bacon), and I think that was the right amount to use. I’d make it again if I had an hour and a half or so to devote to it.

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