Friday, December 6, 2013

Autumn Minestrone

For 4-6 servings

2 T olive oil 
1 small onion, diced
1 cup mixed bell peppers, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, minced
3-5 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chopped Tuscan kale
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 quart tomato juice
1 cup cooked beans/grains (I use Bob's Mill dried mix, cooked)
1 cup cooked short pasta
1 handful fresh herbs, minced
1 c cooked Italian sausage or sliced meatballs
1/2 - 1 t crushed red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper to taste 
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Sauté first 6 ingredients until tender. Add remaining ingredients except cheese and simmer 20-30 minutes. Top with cheese and serve with garlic bread.

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