My replacement computer arrived last night, so I’m back. I spent last week cooking, hosting, and not blogging due to the inability to log back onto wordpress due to email issues. All is resolved and we are here, again, on a vegan Monday.
I just barely modified this recipe from Mollie Katzen’s original cookbook and the crowd is eating it up. I noticed that she has a brand new cookbook out as well. It looks like something I’d love to get my hands on. If you are looking for carb-free, just hold the noodles.
Moosewood Minestrone (with very minor alterations)
- 2 cups pinto or black beans, soaked overnight and cooked
- 3 Tbls. olive oil
- 1 1/2 large onions
- 4-5 cloves garlic
- 6 stalks celery
- 3 carrots
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp basil
- 3 cups tomato puree (29 oz)
- 3 1/2 cups vegetable stock
- 3 Tbls. dry red wine
- 1 lb dry large pasta shells
- 1 large tomato
- 1 bunch fresh parsley
Chop onion, celery, carrots into a fine dice. Mince garlic. In a large stockpot, sauté garlic and onions in olive oil until they are soft and translucent. (about 8 minutes)
Add 1 tsp. salt, carrot, and celery. Mix well. Add oregano, black pepper and basil. Cover and cook over low heat 5-8 minutes. Puree tomatoes, slice tomato into quarters and then turn each quarter on it’s side and slice again into garnish thin slices. Finely chop the parsley. Heat water to boil the shells.
Add stock, puree, cooked beans and wine to the vegetables add remaining salt. Cover and simmer 15 minutes. Cook the pasta separately, but at the same time. When finished, drain, but do not rinse.
Keep at lowest heat until 10 minutes before you plan to serve. Then, heat the soup to a boil. Layer the pasta in the bottom of each bowl and ladle the soup over the pasta. Serve immediately, garnished with tomatoes and parsley. (parmesan optional for a non vegan recipe.)
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