The Peasant's Minestrone


(Good for the mind as well as the appetite) Lately I have been rereading some of Angelo Pellegrini's books.(1904-1991) He was an Italian immigrant who became a college professor at the University of Washington. English professor no less! I knew some who had taken classes from him and they described him as one of the most dynamic and much loved teachers . In his books he most eloquently writes about the pleasure of growing and making your own food. He even made his own wine with grapes sent to him by Robert Mondavi. One of the recipes he loosely describes in his first book, The Unprejudiced Palate is a minestrone soup. This is my version inspired by a great man who always referred to himself as a peasant.

What you will need

6 cups chicken stock and water, 1/2, 1/2

1 cup cannellini beans, soaked overnight

2 sprigs fresh thyme

4 cups chicken stock

4 ounces lean salt pork, minced

3 garlic cloves, smashed and minced

1 cup spring onions, medium chop (yellow onions if you must)

1 cup leeks, medium chop, white only

1 cup celery, medium chop

4 cups tomatoes, canned

1 cup zucchini, medium chop

2 cups kale, ribs removed and hand torn into small pieces

1 cup savoy cabbage, medium chop

1 cup trottoloni or elbow pasta if you can't find

1 cup parmesano cheese


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