Today I have a secret recipe for a traditional Italian vegetable soup served at Carrabba’s Italian Grill. Their minestrone soup is loaded with vegetables and beans. Full of flavor and good for you, this hearty soup is perfect for lunch or as a first course for your dinner.
This recipe calls for Romano cheese rind. Normally you might throw away the cheese rind, but a great chef’s trick is to add the rind to soups. The rind will soften and the flavors of the cheese will infuse throughout the dish.
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Carrabba’s(™) Minestrone Soup
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1 oz butter
1 gallon chicken or vegetable stock
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 bay leaf
1/2 lb carrot (1/2-inch cubes)
1/4 lb tomato (1/2-inch cubes)
1/4 lb celery (1/2-inch cubes)
1-2 ounce prosciutto ham
1/4 lb onion (1/2-inch cubes)
2 oz romano cheese, rind
1 tsp garlic, finely chopped
1 lb potato, peeled (1/2-inch cubes)
1/4 lb fresh green beans (1-inch long)
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans
1 lb cabbage, cored (2-inch squares)
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans
1/4 lb zucchini (1/2-inch cubes)
1 (15 ounce) can cannellini beans
1 tsp parsley, chopped
2 oz romano cheese, grated
1 tsp basil, chopped
salt & pepper to taste
In a 10 quart stock pot heat pot to medium heat and place butter and oil in pot.
Sauté celery, onion, carrots and garlic and cook until soft about 5 minutes.
Add green beans, cabbage, zucchini, parsley and basil and cook for about 10 minutes or until soft.
Add chicken stock, bay leaf, tomatoes, prosciutto, romano rind and potatoes. Allow soup to boil and then reduce to a simmer.
Simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Add canned beans with their juices and simmer 5 minutes more.
Remove romano rind and prosciutto. Add grated romano cheese, stirring constantly, serve hot and store remaining soup in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or the freezer for up to 2 months.
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