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soup for my dad

Upstate Minestrone Soup

When I was cleaning my dad’s house last week, I came across a large envelope with a dozen copies of a page from a cookbook.

dads recipe

One of the recipes on the page was outlined. I decided to take a copy and make the soup for him for our Sunday supper.

Minestrone Soup

Dad’s Minestrone Soup

1 pound ground sweet Italian sausage
1 red onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 cup peeled and chopped carrots
1/4 cup minced fresh basil
2 zucchini, trimmed and cut into quarters lengthwise, then sliced
32-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
4 cups beef broth
2 cups finely shredded cabbage
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cans great northern beans, undrained
Shredded Parmesan cheese, garnish


Cook the sausage in a large pot until browned. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, and basil, and cook for 5 minutes.

Add zucchini, tomatoes with their liquid, beef broth, cabbage, salt, and pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

Add beans with their liquid, and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Serves 8

Upstate Minestrone

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1 Pat { 04.07.14 at 12:56 PM }

Hey, that sound good . It has ingredients that I use & recognize, whereas some of the things tou use are not familiar to me & I don’t have a Trader Joe’s near me.

2 dagmar { 04.07.14 at 4:40 PM }

I too don’t have a Trader Joe’s in my neck of the woods…lol All the ingredients you use are familiar to me…Some people just need to use a cookbook!

3 Lori V { 04.07.14 at 4:42 PM }

Wow- Linda that looks delicious! Headed back to the States this weekend, so will definitely cook that one up-where I too know all the ingredients in the grocery story there 🙂 You are a thoughtful daughter! xoxo

4 dagmar { 04.07.14 at 4:51 PM }

Lol! Hoping what I said was not insulting!!!

5 Linda Hopkins { 04.07.14 at 8:55 PM }

Dagmar, NOT AT ALL! Thank you, as always for the comments! That goes for you too Mom and Lori! xoxo

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