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Italian Minestrone Soup Coca-Cola

Contributed by: Chris WebAdmin. of RecipesNow.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 lb blade chuck roast or meaty soup bones
  • 2 1/2 quart water
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 cup celery leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 slices, bacon, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup green beans, fresh/chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup green peas
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz) elbow macaroni
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 cup coca-cola
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 parmesan cheese, grated (optional)

Directions:

In a large pan, place the meat, water, salt, small onion, celery leaves, and bay leaf. Cover and simmer about 2-1/2 hours until the meat is tender. Remove the meat. Strain the broth (should measure 2 quarts). Add ice cubes to the broth to harden the fat and remove the fat. Discard the fat.

Finely dice the meat, discarding any fat and bones (should be about 2 cups). In a 5 to 6 quart kettle or Dutch oven, combine the beef broth and the meat. Place over low heat while preparing the rest of the ingredients.

Pan-fry the bacon until crisp. Add the bacon and the drippings and all the remaining ingredients, except Parmesan cheese, to the broth.

Cover and simmer about 30 minutes, until the vegetables and macaroni are tender. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Serving Size: Makes about 3 quarts - 6 servings


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